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The history of Graspan Frankton

Founded in 2011, Graspan Frankton is a British – owned company headquartered in the North East of England.

The Graspan Frankton team has over seventy-five years of combined military service, involving campaigns, counter insurgency, peacekeeping and anti–terrorist operations both international and domestic, thus taking our operational experience and transferable skills into the commercial sector.

Over the past nine years the company has expanded its portfolio of personnel to include former specialist law enforcement officers from Special Branch, Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Intelligence Services.

The company has operated extensively in complex environments including the Middle & Far East regions, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Specialising in Security Risk Management the company has assisted clients ranging from the extractive industries, high net worth individuals, celebrities, the banking sector, a major aviation manufacturer, a high-profile retail brand manufacturer and several foreign governments.


The Battle of Graspan in 1899 personifies the unselfish approach we take towards success. During this battle in South Africa, Royal Marines made the decision, knowing that huge losses were expected, to advance over open ground and attack the Boer Forces, in the understanding that overall victory could only be obtained through this noble sacrifice.

43 years later “Operation Frankton” was a commando raid on shipping in the German occupied French port of Bordeaux in southwest France during the Second World War. The raid was carried out by a small unit of Royal Marines known as the Royal Marines Boom Patrol Detachment (RMBPD), part of Combined Operations.

At the time the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill believed the mission shortened the war by six months and that the raid was the most courageous of WWII. The words of Lord Mountbatten, the commander of Combined Operations, are carved into a Purbeck stone at Royal Marines Poole.

"Of the many brave and dashing raids carried out by the men of Combined Operations Command none was more courageous or imaginative than Operation Frankton".

Both operations share what Graspan Frankton represents today. In the commercial world the Commando ethos helps us maintain our high standards and excellence, with determination, integrity and humility our values provide businesses the utmost quality in consultancy services and security products.