Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte

DLEM insigniaDétachement de Légion Étrangère de Mayotte, DLEM. The smallest independent operational unit of the French Foreign Legion. It has been stationed at Quartier Cabaribère in Dzaoudzi on the island of Mayotte (Indian Ocean) since 1976.

Established as the Foreign Legion Detachment in Comoros (Détachement de Légion Étrangère de Comoros, DLEC) in August 1973, from the detached 2nd company of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI). When the Comoro Islands gained its independence in 1975, the DLEC moved from Grande Comore to Mayotte in 1976, because Mayotte has remained under the French rule. The same year, in 1976, the DLEC became the DLEM. Since 1984, the DLEM has been a custodian of the standard of the disbanded 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment (2e REC).

 

History of the Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte

See the history of DLEM during its 1967 – 2014 period. Well-ordered data, including images from all DLEM’s decades:
Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte’s History

Détachement de Légion Étrangère de Mayotte - DLEM - Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte - History

 

Current structure of the Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte

The DLEM detachment (in 2018) is devided into two companies. That means a permanent company + a rotational company. The unit consists of around 270 men, including some 155 rotational elements (provided by the Legion or French regular forces), usually rotating every four months.

The Foreign Legion Mayotte Detachment has to maintain a French presence in the region and support French forces operating in the southern zone of the Indian Ocean and the east coast of Africa. The DLEM runs the Aquatic Familiarization & Training Center (Centre d’Instruction et d’Aguerrissement du Nautique, CIAN) and provides military training to the armed forces of the adjoining regions, by forming an Operational Training Detachment (DIO). Its another mission is to intervene in response to humanitarian crisis and to secure the region from illegal immigration.

The DLEM also regularly deploys a rotational platoon (composed of legionnaires) to a military outpost on outlying Glorioso Islands (or The Glorieuses), for a mission lasting usually 50 days.

The Foreign Legion Mayotte Detachment is part of the Southern Indian Ocean Armed Forces (FAZSOI). It is also subordinated to the Overseas & Foreign Countries Specialized HQ (EMSOME), together with the 3e REI.

 

In 2018, the DLEM is composed of:

  • HQ & Logistics Company (Compagnie de Commandement et de Logistique, CCL)
  • ProTerre Company – a rotational unit of DLEM

 

Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte promotion

 

Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte’s official website:
Détachement de Légion Étrangère de Mayotte

 

Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte’s current news

See the news and updates from the Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte (DLEM) posted on our website:
Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte’s latest news

 

Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte’s song

The official song of the Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte (DLEM):
Soldats de la Légion étrangère

 

Location of the Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte

 

 

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