Yamatai Special Naval Landing Force

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Yamatai Special Naval Landing Force
大山都帝国海軍特別陸戦隊
Dai Yamatai Teikoku Kaigun Tokubetsu Rikusentai
Yamarines Flag.png
Flag of the SNLF
Active 17 April 1775 - present
Country  Yamatai
Branch Yamatai Imperial Navy
Type Naval infantry
Role Amphibious operations
Size ~20,000
Headquarters Naval Amphibious Base Yamagishi, Yamagishi, Musashi
Motto Where we are, there is Victory!
Anniversaries 17 April
Navy Day
Engagements Shiro-Yamatai Wars
First Escar-Varunan War
Endwar
Songese War
Hinoan War
Todak War
Commanders
Commander SNLF RADM Kagome Hidetaka

The Yamatai Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF; 大山都帝国海軍特別陸戦隊, Dai Yamatai Teikoku Kaigun Tokubetsu Rikusentai), also sometimes referred to as the Imperial Marines, is the amphibious force of the Yamatai Imperial Navy. It currently consists of roughly 20,000 personnel in one division, two independent regiments, and one special forces unit.

Notably, the SNLF uses the Navy rank structure, and are officially considered to be 'disembarked seamen'. The current commander of the SNLF is Rear Admiral Kagome Hidetaka.

History

Marines have been an important part of the Yamataian military for centuries. Ancient and medieval Yamataian naval tactics invariably involved boarding actions to take advantage of the superior quality of Yamataian hand-to-hand combat techniques. It was only after naval cannons and firearms were introduced did the importance of boarding enemy vessels diminish.

The SNLF was officially formed in 1775, following the Nhâm Thìn War in Songthom, which eventually led to the colonisation of the region by Yamatai. After 15 Yamataian traders were murdered in the coastal city of Nha Trang, and the local authorities refused to do anything about it, the Yamataian Navy bombarded the port, to which the Songese retaliated with cannon fire. A force comprising of disembarked seamen from these ships was dispatched to destroy the Songese artillery, but were able to seize control of Nha Trang after the Songese commander retreated, beginning the Nham Thin War. In the aftermath of the war, the great success of the naval infantry and the potential of amphibious warfare was recognised, and in 1775 the SNLF was officially formed.

Organised under the Imperial Navy, the SNLF became instrumental in providing security and policing functions throughout the Yamataian colonial empire of the time. It became well-known and respected throughout the Escar as one of the most well-trained and disciplined military units, and the blue uniforms of the SNLF came to be a symbol of Yamataian colonialism. The SNLF was crucial in ensuring stability and security during the chaotic nationalisation of the south-east Escaric colonies during the Imperialist era, and later distinguished itself in the Second Northern War in 1863 against Nakgaang, and later in the First Shao-Yamataian War in 1868.

By this point, the SNLF had grown to a large size of over 12 divisions deployed throughout the Yamataian territories. A formal complaint was made to the Imperial Grand Marshal in 1870 by the Imperial Army, whose leadership believed the Navy was attempting to supplant its mission. The Army then began training its own amphibious warfare units as well.

18th Century SNLF troops depicted in combat in Kita Imoshima during the colonial era

The SNLF faced off with their Chiseian counterparts in the colonial conflicts over Valeyan territories, culminating in the First Escar-Varunan War, where the SNLF was instrumental in the initial seizure of the Shinzan Islands and the coastal cities of Wanshi, Shioseki, and Taira. In the Second Escar-Varunan War, the SNLF fought tenaciously in the Crosswind Sea Theatre as well as the Mainland Chisei Theatre, carrying out several amphibious landings on the northern coast of Chisei during the earlier stages of the war. SNLF troops, at this point numbering over 30 divisions, comprised the main Yamataian land forces fighting on Imoshima.

Following the closure of the Endwar, the SNLF was heavily depleted due to budget cuts and loss of manpower, leaving only a single battalion and a military police unit under the banner of the SNLF. Following the Hinoan Revolution, however, the importance of the amphibious force was again recognised and efforts were made to expand the SNLF to at least a division-sized force to conduct offensive landings on Hinomoto. In 1970, with the outbreak of the Hinoan War, the SNLF were called into action and began the land invasion by establishing a beachhead on the Hoen Plain. By 1990, the SNLF had grown into three divisions, but plans were made to slowly downsize the force into a streamlined, two-division quick-reaction force.

During the 2010 Masukan War, the 1st Naval Infantry Division of the SNLF spearheaded the HECO amphibious invasion of the island under the command of then-Captain Kagome Hidetaka. In 2016, RADM Kagome Hidetaka assumed command of the SNLF formation.

Organisation

The mission of the SNLF is not to carry out sustained combat or securing of territory. It is intended for quick amphibious assaults, the seizure of beachheads to enable the landings of Imperial Army forces to push inland, the seizure of important coastal sites, and the destruction of enemy coastal anti-ship artillery.

The SNLF is subordinate to the Yamatai Imperial Navy Headquarters, the General Department of National Defence, and the Yamataian Ministry of Defence. The SNLF at present consists of 20,000 personnel, with one combined-arms division and two independent combined-arms regiments, all with armour, artillery, missile, air defence, and logistics capabilities. The SNLF also has its own special forces unit, the TokuSa Tsunami Group, which is of a classified size.

SNLF Marines carry out an amphibious landing in a 2016 training exercise
  • Yamatai Imperial Navy HQ
    • Special Naval Landing Force HQ
      • 1st SNLF Division
        • 1st Naval Infantry Regiment
        • 2nd Naval Infantry Regiment
        • 1st SNLF Frontal Aviation Squadron
      • 21st Naval Infantry Regiment
      • 22nd Naval Infantry Regiment
      • TokuSa Tsunami Group
      • SNLF Amphibious Warfare Training School

Each Naval Infantry Regiment in the SNLF is comprised of 1 tank battalion, 2 armoured infantry battalions, 2 infantry battalions, 1 howitzer battalion, 1 missile battalion, 1 mixed Engineer and Chemical battalion, a Signals battalion, and a Field Maintenance battalion.

Equipment

See also