The 1st Marine Regiment (Amf 1), also known as the Amphibious Regiment, operates wherever land and water meet. The regiment is responsible for producing an international marine force capable of operating both nationally and internationally.
The unit has capabilities covering surface and underwater operations, as well as airborne and land operations, which together provide the ability to exercise control of littoral areas, so ensuring that land and marine units have access to, or are able to pass through, a particular area. This requires the ability to move swiftly – and covertly when necessary – and to operate in small units.
The Amphibious Regiment trains marine soldiers in a variety of special capabilities. These include coastal rangers, special operations divers, marine infantrymen and maintenance technicians.
The Amphibious battalion
The Amphibious Battalion constitutes the regiment’s combat unit. Its marine unit soldiers are equipped to use controllable mines, missile systems, grenade launchers and other weapon systems.
The Amphibious Battalion moves and fights with the Fast Attack Craft 90H and the armoured version 90 HS. These combat boats are armed with heavy automatic weapons. Amf 1 also operates patrol craft. These are use for surface surveillance patrols, maritime control and cooperation with naval forces in anti-submarine operations. The unit also trains boarding parties whose task is to monitor shipping in a variety of situations.
The Amphibious Regiment was responsible for the establishment and training of the amphibious force, TD 01, which constituted the Swedish contribution to the EUFOR mission in Chad and the Central African Republic.