This year the Royal Marines celebrate their 350th Anniversary. On this occasion Tristan da Cunha Post is to introduce a new series of stamps. The issue consists of six items that are to be released on the 28th of October.
From fighting on the decks and in the mastheads at the Battle of Trafalgar, through two World Wars, to the modern day leading the assaults on the Falkland Islands and Iraq and operating in Afghanistan, they are an integral part of Britain's defense and the Royal Navy; their distinction combines excellence, versatility and unique amphibious skills.
Formed in the reign of King Charles II on 28 October 1664 as the Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot, the name Marines first appeared in the records in 1672 and in 1802 they were titled the Royal Marines by King George III.
The Marines have taken part in more battles on land and sea around the world than any other branch of the British Armed Forces, often fighting beside the British Army. Today, the Royal Marines are the UK's Commando Forces and the Royal Navy's amphibious troops. An elite force held at very high readiness, they are trained for worldwide rapid response, able to deal with a wide spectrum of threats and security challenges.
Tristan's connection with the Royal Marines stretches back to the occupation of the Island by a garrison of Marines after the formal proclamation of annexation on 14 August 1816. This set of postage stamps illustrates notable events in the history of the Royal Marines.