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13e Demi-Brigade de Légion Étrangère

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The 13th Foreign Legion Demi-Brigade (French: 13e Demi-Brigade de Légion Étrangère, 13e DBLE) is a mechanized infantry demi-brigade in the French Foreign Legion. It is the only permanent demi-brigade in the French Army, and is a unit of particular notoriety and reputation within the Legion.

Current organization & deployment

From 1962 to the present, the 13 DBLE duty station has been Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. The unit is a battlegroup and comprises 800 men, of whom 320 are permanent party.

  • Compagnie de Commandement et de Soutien (CCS) - command and support company, permanent party.
  • Compagnie de Maintenance (CM) - maintenance company, permanent party.
  • Escadron de Reconnaissance (ER) - reconnaissance squadron equipped with ERC-90 light tank and P4 4x4 tactical vehicles, permanent party.
  • Compagnie d'Infanterie - a roulement infantry company drawn from either 2 REI or 2 REP, equipped with VAB armoured personnel carriers and VLRA 4X4 tactical vehicles.
  • Compagnie de Génie - a roulement engineer company drawn from either 1 REG or 2 REG.

Current operations

In addition to its security responsibilities in Djibouti, the 13 DBLE has participated in military operations that include Operation ORYX and Operation UNOSOM II in Somalia (1992-1993) Operation ISKOUTIR (1993-1995), Operation TURQUOISE in Rwanda (1994), and Operation UNICORN in the Ivory Coast (2002)