The Achilles spent more than fourteen months in Portsmouth dockyard refitting and rearming. On 22 June 1943 a violent explosion occurred in one of her main fuel tanks, killing and injuring many dockyard hands and causing considerable structural damage to the ship. The tank had been emptied and cleaned in April and workmen were making moulds in the double-bottom fuel tank preparatory to erecting two bulkheads in the compartment.

The Achilles spent more than fourteen months in Portsmouth dockyard refitting and rearming. On 22 June 1943 a violent explosion occurred in one of her main fuel tanks, killing and injuring many dockyard hands and causing considerable structural damage to the ship. The tank had been emptied and cleaned in April and workmen were making moulds in the double-bottom fuel tank preparatory to erecting two bulkheads in the compartment.

Crawling through the mire of the Exe estuary in Devon, these recruits are taking part in the notorious Mud Run - the most feared part of the Royal Marines' training course

Rise of the zombies? No, it's Britain’s Royal Marine recruits showing they have what it takes to become part of the elite fighting forces in gruelling Mud Run

Crawling through the mire of the Exe estuary in Devon, these recruits are taking part in the notorious Mud Run - the most feared part of the Royal Marines' training course

Royal Marines Band Pith Helmet - In the United Kingdom, the Royal Marines still wear white Wolseley pattern helmets of the same general design as the old pith helmet as part of their number 1 or dress uniform. These date from 1912 in their present form and are made of natural cork covered in white cloth on the outside and shade green on the inside. Decoration includes a brass ball ornament at the top, helmet plate and chin chain.

Royal Marines Band Pith Helmet - In the United Kingdom, the Royal Marines still wear white Wolseley pattern helmets of the same general design as the old pith helmet as part of their number 1 or dress uniform. These date from 1912 in their present form and are made of natural cork covered in white cloth on the outside and shade green on the inside. Decoration includes a brass ball ornament at the top, helmet plate and chin chain.

St Michael's cave Gibraltar i loved this place and the lower caves. Once attended a Royal Marines Band concert here. Awesome!

St Michael's cave Gibraltar i loved this place and the lower caves. Once attended a Royal Marines Band concert here. Awesome!

Charles and Diana on honeymoon being entertained by the crew. In the royal yacht, even an intimate dinner by candlelight was hardly a private affair, accompanied by the camaraderie of senior officers at the table and a band of Royal Marines playing a romantic medley in the background.

Charles and Diana on honeymoon being entertained by the crew. In the royal yacht, even an intimate dinner by candlelight was hardly a private affair, accompanied by the camaraderie of senior officers at the table and a band of Royal Marines playing a romantic medley in the background.

Music: The band of The Royal Marines perform next to HMS Illustrious as she sails into her home port of Portsmouth for the final time

HMS Illustrious sails into Portsmouth for last time before retirement

Music: The band of The Royal Marines perform next to HMS Illustrious as she sails into her home port of Portsmouth for the final time

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