About Indian Navy MARCOS (Few the Fearless): Role, History, How to became MARCOS

This article belongs armed forces of India. Do not be confused Indian Navy MARCOS. The MARCOS abbreviated to Marine Commandos and officially called the Marine Commando Force (MCF), are the special forces unit of the Indian Navy capable to operate and conducting operations in three dimensions – Sea, Land and Air.

Indian Navy MARCOS Role

  • Air assault
  • Airborne force
  • Amphibious reconnaissance
  • Amphibious warfare
  • Close protection
  • Close-quarters combat
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Direct action
  • Hostage rescue Special operation
  • Special reconnaissance
  • Unconventional warfare
  • Underwater demolition
Indian Navy MARCOS
Indian Navy MARCOS
AboutIndian Navy MARCOS
Active fromFebruary 1987 to present
(34 years, 11 months)
BranchIndian Navy
TypeSpecial forces
Motto “The Few, The Fearless”
DimensionsSea, Land and Air
HEADQUARTER INS Karanja, Vishakapatnam, India
MARCOS nickname Magarmach (The Crocodiles),
Anniversaries 14 February

Indian Navy MARCOS Operations

  1. Operation Cactus,
  2. Operation Leech,
  3. Operation Pawan,
  4. Kargil War,
  5. Operation Black Tornado,
  6. Operation Cyclone,
  7. Counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir
  8. Insignia

Indian Navy MARCOS were founded in February 1987. Indian Navy MARCOS are capable of operating in all conditions as well as in all three dimensions ; at sea, in air and on land. The MARCOS carried out specialised maritime operations in J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) through the Jhelum River and Wular Lake, a 16,000 acres freshwater lake, and conduct counter-insurgency operations.


MARCOS units are also a part of the tri-services Armed Forces Special Operations Division.

Indian Navy MARCOS History

In the year 1955, the Indian military setup a diving school at Cochin with the assistance of the BSBS( British Special Boat Service) and start teaching combat divers skills like as explosive disposal, clearance, and salvage diving. The combat divers failed to to do so during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 as they were not adequately trained for missions. During the war, the Indian Navy assisted the Indian Army in landing operations against the Pakistani military base in Cox’s Bazar. When the war is over army units were often drafted into amphibious exercises. In 1983, the unit of Indian Army formation called 340th Army Independent Brigade was converted into an amphibious assault unit .


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In April 1986, the Indian Navy plan for the creation of a special forces unit for undertaking missions in a maritime environment, conducting raids and reconnaissance, and counter-terrorism operations. 03 volunteer officers from the diving unit, created in 1955, were selected and underwent training courses with the US Navy SEALs at Coronado in US. They later went on training exchanges with the Special Boat Service. In February 1987, the Indian Marine Special Force (IMSF) officially came into existence and the three officers were its first members. The IMSF was renamed as ‘Marine Commando Force’ in 1991.

Marcos Important Equipments: Firearms

  • Pistol Auto 9mm 1A
  • AK-103 7.62×39mm Assault Rifle
  • APS amphibious rifle 5.66×39mm underwater assault rifle
  • SAKO Tikka T3 TAC 7.62x51mm bolt-action sniper rifles

Marcos Support weapons :

  • IMI Negev SF 5.56mm NATO Light machine gun
  • MG 2A1 7.62 mm General purpose machine gun
  • GP-25 40mm Under-barrel grenade launcher
  • Arsenal UBGL 40×46mm Under-barrel grenade launcher
  • AGS-17 30×29mm Automatic grenade launcher
  • RCL Mk III 84mm Recoilless rifle
  • Shipon Anti-tank weapon

About Indian Navy MARCOS : Transport

  1. HAL Dhruv Utility Helicopter
  2. Westland WS-61 Sea King Transport 3.Helicopter
  3. Chetak helicopters
  4. Cosmos CE-2F X100 two-man Swimmer

Indian Navy MARCOS : Delivery Vehicle:

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
Indian Navy Swimmer Delivery Vehicle

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