How does the 2 REP (FFL) compare to the British Paras?

More pics of the A400M Atlas in Calvi:


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French Army recieve their first batch of Griffons ( 6 × 6 A.P.C. 24.5 tonnes )
They are to replace the 4 × 4 V.A.B. 11 t. empty
Also the new Jaguar
All part of the Scorpion programme (réarmement and new vehicules)
They are being evaluated by the French Army's technical section and then there will be courses of "train the trainer" for unit driving instructors. Short clip of vehicle on Twitter.
 
The Regiments to recieve the first load of Griffons are
3 regiment d' marine (Vannes)
3 regiment parachutists d ' Infanterie de marine (Carcassonne)
1 regiment d ' Infanterie (Sarrebourg)
13 battailon de chasseurs alpin (Barby en Savoie)
21 regiment d ' Infanterie de marine (Frejus)
10 models for these regiments to get aquainted with before the end of this summer
92 others (- 10) before the end of the year
With the intention of having a G.T.I.A. in place for 2021 (groupement tactique inter armée)
Disposable in 11 différent modulaire versions, including Sanex
Takes 2 persons 4 hours to change from one version to another
Source : Challenge. fr
 
Why the 3 rd company amphibious of the REP ?
(Sea landing is safer for the troops)
The Army / Air force want to test (eventually) left and right side jumps. ...and again (eventually) left / right and rear exists at the same time
A 400 M still has other trials to do
Souvent experimented by UK forces , albeit not with this model of aircraft.

Personally remarking, it's an interesting theory going nowhere. UK forces have trialled this from a variety of airframes from the '60's.

Yes I accept my innocence of my comments having no knowledge of this airframe.

Two open side doors create an airflow through the aircraft cabin towards the ramp zone. Jumpers in this zone will 'feel' this airflow effect as the ramp is down and they are moving forward to exit. It's very unsettling because of it'the wind flow on their lower limbs.

Then again, adreline kicks in, so who analysises. There's an awful lot of bodies in the immediate vicinity with deploying parachutes. So that's the scientist's theory finished.

Edit - a bit of poor Engrish there.
 
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Yet more pics published on Facebook of 2 REP jumping from the A400M, including first night jump into the sea by members of the Third Coy. This time they are using the larger airport of Bastia Poretta on the north-east coast of the island of Corsica as an embarcation point.
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Quick question, why exit through the side doors and not simply off the ramp?
 
The ramp is more for supplies and véhicules (all the véhicules in the new Scorpion programme are / can be dropped by parachutage)
The ramp was used recently by the REP and GPC / SF in Mali
 
I had a wee dram yesterday, but I'm in Scotland and will travel down to London to celebrate the day with a small coterie of the Foreign Legion Association of GB on this Saturday coming. Due to personnel availability, logistics, etc. the Association celebrates Camerone on one of the two Saturdays on either side of the day itself.

It will be a smaller contingent at the actual parade and lunch/drinks afterwards as many in the Association will be attending a funeral in Wales on the same day. One of our esteemed longstanding members, "Jacko" a former Legion Para as well as a former British Parachute Regiment soldier was recently run-over by a car and killed while out cycling, We shall be raising a glass or two to him as well.

More Majorum
RIP Jacko. Would love to find the interview with Roy Noble mentioned in this article. No luck yet but will keep looking. The plastic Kepi sent by post made me laugh.

Remembering Jacko
 
RIP Jacko. Would love to find the interview with Roy Noble mentioned in this article. No luck yet but will keep looking. The plastic Kepi sent by post made me laugh.

Remembering Jacko
The Roy Noble episode quoted in the article is stated as "no longer available" on the BBC website.
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Happy Bastille Day! Just finished watching the parade, excellent opener this year focussing on military innovation with lots of gadgets being demonstrated in front of the Presidential Tribune. Nice clip from HMA's Twitter feed.

 
A sub-unit of 2 REP paraded for Bastille Day in Ajaccio in southern Corsica.

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Note the young lieutenant parading in front of his platoon ("section" in French). It appears that he has only recently been posted in as he has no campaign medals, only the "Medaille de la Defense Nationale". When I was in in the early eighties (and it may still be the case), There were no "Sous-Lieutenants" (2nd Lts) in the Regiment, all officers being posted in for the first time had to have already served at least two years in either a Legion regiment or a regular parachute Regiment. This did not apply to specialist attachments such as junior medical officers etc.
 
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The new head of the French Army (CEMAT) has been nominated.
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General Thierry Burkhard is a former Legion and 2 REP Officer who arrived in the Regiment in 1989 and served in various positions such as platoon commander, the commander of the pathfinder (GCP) platoon, 4th Company Commander and Operations Officer. After that he served in 4 RE (the Legion's training regiment) and then took command of 13 DBLE in 2008, when it was still in Djibouti. Since then he has fulfilled various senior functions.

He replaces General Pierre Bosser (honorary Legion Caporal as can be seen from this picture),
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who was a former regular paratroop officer who served primarily at 8 RPIMa, who lalso later commanded the 11th Parachute Brigade (including 2 REP) and who was present at today's Bastille Day ceremony to see the Colours and a Rifle Company of his old regiment march past.
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Before the end of French military conscription in the late 1990's, 8 RPIMa, together with 3 RPIMa and 2 REP had formed the fully professional "Groupement Aeroporté" (GAP), the French Army's "go-to" Airborne Brigade of the "Force d'Action Rapide" (FAR). These units went on to become the nucleus of the 11th Parachute Brigade, when the manly conscript other units of thw 11th Parachute Division (11eme DP) were disbanded.

Incidentally, also in the running for this position were three other General Officers, two of whom were also former Foreign Legion Officers, another 2 REP man (who had commanded the Regiment) Eric Bellot des Minières and Benoît Durieux, who had served in both 13 DBLE and 2 REI, where he had commanded the Regiment. The other general in the running was a former regular infantry officer and armoured brigade commander, Bernard Barrera.
 
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A sub-unit of 2 REP paraded for Bastille Day in Ajaccio in southern Corsica.

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Note the young lieutenant parading in front of his platoon ("section" in French). It appears that he has only recently been posted in as he has no campaign medals, only the "Medaille de la Defense Nationale". When I was in in the early eighties (and it may still be the case), There were no "Sous-Lieutenants" (2nd Lts) in the Regiment, all officers being posted in for the first time had to have already served at least two years in either a Legion regiment or a regular parachute Regiment. This did not apply to specialist attachments such as junior medical officers etc.
I gather officers get promoted 2Lt for their third year at ESM (DE types) and their second at EMIA (from-the-ranks types) and pick up their second stripe on graduation. It seems there aren't any sous-Lieutenants in the Regular force any more.
 

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