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The Royal Marines celebrate 28 October 1664 as their foundation day, for it was then, in the early stages of the Second Dutch War that the Admiral's Regiment (or the Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot) was ordered to be raised. The vast majority of marines served aboard ship, in small detachments forming part of the crew. The most ancient role of marines was (and still is) to fight as sea going soldiers, using virtually the same weapons and tactics as on land. The marines were granted the title `Royal` in 1802. Read more