Détachement 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 remains under the French rule. The same year, in 1976, the DLEC became 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
Current structure of the Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte
The DLEM detachment (in 2017) is devided into two companies and consists of around 265 men. About 160 of them (provided by the Legion or French regular forces) rotate every 4 months to form a rotational unit assigned to the regiment.
The Foreign Legion Detachment has to maintain a French presence in the region and support French forces operating in 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 region. 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.
- HQ & Logistics Company (Compagnie de Commandement et de Logistique, CCL)
- Proterre Company – a rotational unit of DLEM
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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