13e DBLE will be stationed in France in 2016 - Strenght to increase to 1,300 in 2018

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  1. Vergennes

    Vergennes Captain Staff Member Ret. Military International Mod

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    In 2016, the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE) will move from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be stationed in France, for the first time in the regiment’s history. The 13e DBLE is one of the last two Foreign Legion’s regiments which have never been stationed in Europe (together with 3e REI).

    The 13e DBLE was the Legion’s last regiment stationed in Africa. In July 2011, after 49 years of its presence there, the unit left Djibouti (a country located in the Horn of Africa) and, reduced to only several dozens of permanently attached men (55-60 officers, NCOs and legionnaires), it moved to the UAE.

    In 2016, the 13e DBLE will move to France to be based at Camp du Larzac, a large military camp located in the Midi-Pyrénées region, southern France. The CEITO, an infantry tactical shooting training center operates within the camp. The Legion will return to Larzac after 34 years. Between 1978-82, there were stationed legionnaires from the 61e BMGL.

    Due to the reorganization of the French Army, the 13e Demi-Brigade would expand to a full regiment strength in 2018, numbering about 1,300 men.

    At Larzac, in late summer of 2016, the unit is intended to have 450 men organized in 2 combat companies + a half of the HQ Company. In 2017, two additional combat companies + the rest of the HQ Company would reinforce the regiment. In 2018, another combat company + Recce Company would complete the unit to a full strength.

    http://foreignlegion.info/2015/08/10/13dble-will-be-stationed-in-france/

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    The 61e BMGL leaving Camp du Larzac (July 16, 1982)




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    13e DBLE during the leaving ceremony, before its departure to the UAE (June 13, 2011)
     
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    Vergennes Captain Staff Member Ret. Military International Mod

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    I forget to add that the French army will not leave the UAE because of the 13e DBLE relocation.
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    The "Royal Pologne" (5th Cuirassier Regiment) one of the most decorated regiment of the French army,will replace the 13e DBLE to be based in the UAE.
    The regiment has been disbanded in 1992,but it will be resurrected on the 1st of June 2016.

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    Vergennes Captain Staff Member Ret. Military International Mod

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    BTW,the FFL will number ~9.000 personnels in 2017 compared to ~7.000 today.

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    The Foreign Legion is perhaps one of the best ideas anyone has come up with. The people serving in the FFL are there for adventure, personal improvement, and to get paid. They put their lives on the line for advancing Frances interests, the best part about it is that they are all foreigners. The French government can send them on riskier operations than they would feel comfortable sending French Nationals. Having the FFL also helps reduce war weariness.
     
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    In fact since some years,the French nationals can join the FFL. Today,10-15% of the new recruits are French.
    But the French will favor the other units of the French army.
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    What is likeable about the Legion is first its diversity. Men from 150 nations are serving in the FFL. In the recent years,the number of Asians joining the FFL increased to 10%,most of them from China and Mongolia.
     
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