2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment

2e REP insignia2e Régiment Étranger de Parachutistes, 2e REP. The only airborne regiment of the French Foreign Legion. Currently the largest unit of the Legion. The regiment is stationed near the town of Calvi, Corsica. It moved there from Bou-Sfer, Algeria, in 1967. The 2e REP has become popular around the world since its successful participation in the Battle of Kolwezi in May 1978.

The regiment was constituted in Algeria in late 1955. There, the 2e REP would actively participate in the Algerian War (1954-62). In 1967, the regiment left Algeria as the last French airborne unit and was stationed on the island of Corsica.

The 2e REP took over the number, traditions and history of its predecessor fighting in French Indochina, the famous 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion (2e BEP, 1948-55).

During its history, the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment integrated also men of another two Legion airborne regiments: the 3e REP (in 1955) and the 1er REP (in 1961).

In recent decades, the 2e REP took part in several military operations and conflicts. Until the mid-2010s, its men fought in Chad, Zaire, Iraq, ex-Yugoslavia, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan, Mali or Niger. They also deployed to Djibouti, Lebanon, Rwanda, Gabon, Somalia or the Central African Republic.

 
2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment promotion

 

History of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment

See the history of 2e REP during the 1955-2018 period. Well-ordered data, including 70+ pictures from all decades: History of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment.

2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment - History - 2 REP - 2 BEP - L'histoire du 2e Régiment étranger de parachutistes

 
 

History of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion

To discover history and images of the 2e REP’s predecessor fighting in French Indochina in 1949-55, see this detailed article: History of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion

2e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes - 2 BEP - 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion's History

 
 

Current structure of 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment

The regiment is devided (in 2019) into 9 companies. It consists of around 1315 officers and legionnaires. Some non-Legion NCOs (even females) serve with the unit too. A reserve company consisting of non-Legion reservists is also assigned to the 2e REP.

The 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment is part of the 11th Parachute Brigade (11e BP). It is a motorized infantry regiment designated as an emergency response unit trained and equipped to respond quickly to emergency situations such as in Loyada in 1976, Kolwezi in 1978 or Ivory Coast in 2004.

The 2e REP includes 5 combat companies trained in different military specialities – urban warfare (1re CIE), mountain warfare (2e CIE), amphibious warfare (3e CIE), explosives use (4e CIE), desert warfare (5e CIE). The sixth combat company (CA, ex-CEA) operates a portable medium-range anti-tank missile system platoon (MMP, which replaced a previous system, MILAN), a machine gun support platoon (SAM, created in 2015), a sniper platoon (STE) and a parachute commando platoon (GCP). The reconnaissance platoon (SRR) of ex-CEA was disbanded in 2015.

In 2019, the 2e REP is composed of:

  • HQ & Logistics Company (Compagnie de Commandement et de Logistique, CCL)
  • Administration & Service Support Company (Compagnie d’Administration et de Soutien, CAS)
  • 1st Company (1re Compagnie, 1re CIE)
  • 2nd Company (2e Compagnie, 2e CIE)
  • 3rd Company (3e Compagnie, 3e CIE)
  • 4th Company (4e Compagnie , 4e CIE)
  • 5th Company (5e Compagnie , 5e CIE)
  • Combat Support Company (Compagnie d’Appui, CA, ex-CEA)
    • Portable Medium-range Missile Platoon (Missile Moyenne Portée, MMP)
    • Machine Gun Support Platoon (Section d’Appui Mitrailleuse, SAM)
    • Snipers Platoon (Section de Tireurs d’Elite, STE)
    • Parachute Commando Group (Groupement des Commandos Parachutistes, GCP)
  • Regimental Maintenance Company (Compagnie de Maintenance Régimentaire, CMR)
  • 6th Reserve Company (6e Compagnie de Réserve, 6e CIE)

 

2nd FOREIGN PARACHUTE REGIMENT
NICKNAME: Le REP (The REP)
ACTIVATION: 1955
MOTTO: “More Majorum” (In the manner of our ancestors)
REGIM. MARCH: La Legion marche vers le front
OFFIC. WEBSITE: 2e Régiment Étranger de Parachutistes
FFL INFO POSTS: 2e REP’s category

 

REP Info Bulletins 2011-17

To see older news + a number of nice photos, you can view 2e REP Info bulletins. Click the link or image below: Full list of 2REP Infos

 
 

Location of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment

 

 

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