Taken from the RN Official news From 1 April 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines will expand to include 1 RIFLES within its permanent establishment, giving Brigade a fourth combat unit. 1 RIFLES â based in Chepstow - join 3 Commando Brigade as they prepare for operations in Afghanistan. As part of their normal operational cycle 1 RIFLES are currently deployed to Belize conducting Jungle Warfare Training and are expected to return to UK in early April, prior to deploying to Afghanistan. The transfer of I RIFLES under FLEET command will enhance the defence capability of 3 Commando Brigade by allowing FLEET to provide both a Brigade on standby and simultaneously deploy a unit to other tasks, and represents a continuation of the very close co-operation which Royal Navy and Army already enjoy. Initial integration into 3 Commando Brigade is expected by the end of April 2008, with full integration, including a specialist amphibious training, by Apr 2010. Although there is no requirement for 1 RIFLES to become fully Commando trained at unit level, opportunities will become available to individuals to volunteer to undertake the All-Arms Commando Course at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone. 1 RIFLES is one of 5 light role infantry battalions currently attributed to Small Scale Peace Keeping tasks, which collectively are know as the âRIFLESâ. The âRIFLESâ have a long history, including links to the great 19th Century General Sir John Moore and the Peninsular Campaign. The historical series, âSharpeâ starring Sean Bean dramatises the antecedents of the RIFLES during this period. The âRIFLESâ were formed in 2005 from an amalgamation of the Royal Green Jackets, The Light Infantry, The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry and the The Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry. Welcome to the Corps..