UK Marine unit adopts Canadian-made rifle
March 10, 2016 - A high-profile British Royal Marine unit tasked with protecting the UK’s nuclear weapons is the first non-special forces unit to completely drop the standard SA-80 rifle for the Colt Canada C8 Diemaco carbine.
Jane’s Defence Weekly reports that British special forces units already use the C8, which is designated the L119 in British service.
The 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines have the task of protecting UK nuclear weapons at HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane in Scotland or when they are being moved around the country. The 790-strong commando unit also serves as the Royal Navy's specialist naval boarding unit.
Versions of the C8 are used by the British SAS and SBS, Danish Politiets Efterretningstjeneste , Dutch Korps Commando Troepen, and Norwegian Forsvarets Spesialkommando.