Foreign Legion: Overseas Deployments 2018

See the official overseas deployments of French Foreign Legion units planned for the first half of 2018, in operational areas around the world. France remains the only European country with such long list of deployments for its troops. The volunteers asking for service in the Legion know it well. And to be sure, this list is not complete yet.

The French Army (and it means the Legion as well) is once again allowed to publish its deployments. See the list of the Legion’s missions around the world in the first half of 2018.

 

MALI

– part of Operation Barkhane
– France’s anti-terrorist operation in the Sahel region of Africa
– Sahel is a transition zone between the Sahara to the north and the Sudanian Savanna to the south
– launched in 2014, the operation replaced Operation Serval (in Mali, 2013-14) and Operation Épervier (in Chad, 1986-2014)
– five countries are targeted by Operation Barkhane
– Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso

13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE)
– HQ Command + two companies

2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI)
– a company

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG)
– a detachment

– since June 2018, companies of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) would replace their currently deployed comrades in the Sahel region

Foreign Legion: Operation Barkhane 2018
French Operation Barkhane in Africa. The small flags mark French military bases.
13e DBLE: Operation Barkhane in Mali 2018
13e DBLE legionnaires alongside Malian troops in Mali, March 2018.

 

BURKINA FASO

– also part of Operation Barkhane

2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI)
– a detachment

 

LEBANON

– a country bordering Syria, in the Middle East
– Franch troops make part of FINUL
– a mission of the United Nations in Lebanon (since 1978)

1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC)
– HQ Command + a squadron

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG)
– a detachment

Foreign Legion: FINUL in Lebanon 2018
In Lebanon, 1er REC’s commanding officer (left) is receiving the flag of FINUL from an Irish commander. The legionnaires replaced Irish troops in Lebanon in mid-march 2018. Note the blue UN berets the legionnaires have to wear.

 

IRAQ

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG)
– HQ Command + a company

2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI)
– a detachment

2e REI: A legionnaire died in Iraq
Corporal Bogusz Pochylski from the 2e REI. He died in Iraq on March 21, 2018.

 

IVORY COAST

– an African country, bordering Mali and Burkina Faso
– France has a permanent military base there

1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC)
– a detachment

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG)
– a detachment

 

SENEGAL

– an African country, bordering Mali and Mauritania
– France has a permanent military base there

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG)
– a detachment

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

– a country on the Arabian Peninsula in the Persian Gulf
– bordering Oman, Saudi Arabia, Quatar and Iran
– France has a permanent military base there

2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI)
– a detachment

 

MAYOTTE

– an island in the Indian Ocean
– located near Madagascar
– France has a permanent military base there
– home to the DLEM

2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI)
– a company

 

MARTINIQUE

– an overseas region of France
– located in the eastern Caribbean Sea
– east of Cuba and north of Venezuela, bordering the Atlantic Ocean

2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI)
– a company

 

NEW CALEDONIA

– the archipelago in the southwest Pacific Ocean
– located east of Australia
– a special collectivity of France
– France has a permanent military base there

1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC)
– a squadron

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG)
– a detachment

 

FRENCH GUIANA

– an overseas region of France
– located in South America
– bordering Brazil, Suriname and the Atlantic Ocean
– France has permanent military bases there
– home to the 3e REI

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG)
– a company

 

FRANCE – OPERATION SENTINELLE

– Operation Sentinelle in mainland France
– a reaction to the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks of January and November
– legionnaires patrol and guard important places and buildings in French cities

2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG)
– several companies
– they were deployed overseas in 2017

Image & information sources:
Légion étrangère
Armee de Terre


 

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