Elite commando unit sent to tackle ISIS at sea over fears of terror attack on Brit coasts
The new unit will be formed of some 450 soldiers who will carry out global raids against enemy ships or terrorist ships.
Troops for the Maritime Operations Commando (MOC) will be picked from the Royal Marines' 42 battalion based in Plymouth.
It is expected to be based in the West Country, and involve SAS and Special Boat liaison officers.
“It will focus on maritime interdiction [interception] and boarding operations, ship’s force protection teams for Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships deployed globally."
It comes after Donald Trump launched the "Mother of All Bombs" of an ISIS-held cave in Afghanistan wiping out 36 death cult fighters.
The officer said it will provide a core contribution to the UK domestic operations in the event of a terrorist attack on Britain.
Around 200 Commandos will be responsible for carrying out small-scale operations, including raiding and intelligence gathering.
ISIS is seeking an allegiance with terror cult al-Qaeda to create a "super group", according to the Iraqi vice president.