In January 2017, legionnaires from the 3rd Company (specialized in amphibious warfare), 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP), the only airborne unit of the famous French Foreign Legion, took part in a water jumping & landing basic course. See a nice video made by the 2e REP.
41 years ago, on February 4, 1976, a hostage rescue mission occurred in Loyada, a border village of the then French Territory of Afars and Issas (TFAI, formerly French Somaliland, Djibouti now). The base task of the mission was to save 31 French children, kidnapped by Somali rebels from the FLCS, a pan-Somali guerrilla organization. French Foreign Legion units and France’s GIGN took part in the successful mission.
The 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) of the French Foreign Legion remains its only airborne unit and, most probably, the best-known regiment of the Legion. During its campaigns in Asia, Africa or Europe, the famous 2e REP gained 10 unit citations, mentioned in the order of the Army. Because of this, the 2e REP legionnaires are allowed to bear two Fourrageres, in colors of the Legion of Honor and the Military Valor.
Ed “Bear” Grylls is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter, well-known for his Born Survivor/Man vs. Wild survival television series. Bear Grylls is also involved in a TV show titled Escape to the Legion, in which he and other “recruits” took part in basic desert training of a fictional Foreign Legion. But in recent weeks, Bear Grylls met with real legionnaires (paratroopers from the 2e REP) when he made the latest episode of NBC’s Running Wild TV show on the island of Corsica.