On October 21, 2016, France’s Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE) of the French Foreign Legion at Camp Larzac, Aveyron department, southern France, to make this installation official.
In June 2016, the 13e DBLE left its military base of Zayed Military City, located near Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It had been stationed there for 5 years, since the summer of 2011.
The 13e DBLE, now composed of two combat companies, would become a full regiment in 2018, with more than 1,000 men.
13e DBLE: The strength of 1,300 men in 2018
13e DBLE: The history + images
Foreign Legion: 2016 Bastille Day Military Parade
Unique photos: 13e DBLE, 4e RE and 2e REI about 35 years ago