French Special Operations

Commando de Montfort

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Commando de Montfort is one of 5 Naval Special Forces units including Commando Hubert, Jaubert, Trepel, and De Penfentenyo.

The total number of all these commandos is about 400 men. Each commando (unit) is composed of about 80 men, divided into four sections with 20 elements each. The marine commandos each have some specific capabilities: shore line-targeting, underwater infiltration (Special Reconnaissance), nautical raids at sea, ship boarding, extraction, participation in CSAR at sea (Direct Action), VIP-escort and co-operation (Military Advising).

Within the marine commandos, each one has its own area of specialty:

• Commando Hubert: under-water special warfare

• Commando Jaubert and Trepel: sea-assault missions and evacuation / extraction of personnel in amphibious areas

• Commando De Pententenyo: special reconnaissance in maritime infrastructure and installations

Commando De Montfort: long range neutralization and special support (sabotage, light missiles, and guidance of artillery and CAS)

All of these commandos, except for Hubert, are located in Lorient. Commando Hubert is situated in Saint Mandrier.

(The Following is translated from French)

Heir to the units of France created during the second world war in Great Britain, this commando bears the name of Louis de Montfort, section head commando, mortally wounded on November 27, 1946 at the time of combat in Haïphong.

Based in Lorient, the commando de Montfort is specialized in “remote” support and destruction. Within this framework, it can utilize heavy weapons and marksmanship (mortars, anti-tank shooting positions, etc) as well as mark targets for close air support or terrestrial artillery (which it can put in the areas of operations of the 4 other Marine commandos).

The commando of Montfort, amongst other things, carried out the following operations in the last few years. The evacuation of Western nationals at the time of the disorders in Yemen (1994), the Pélican operation of evacuation of nationals in Congo-Brazzaville with 1st RPIMa and the commando Hubert (1997), the Espadon operation of recovery of nationals in Sierra-Léone (1997), a mission in the TAAF (Southern Lands and Antarctiques Françaises) with the commando of Penfentenyo (1997), mission SFOR in Bosnia with the Commando Hubert (1997), and more recently, the men of the Hubert commandos and Montfort were operating within the extraction forces in Macedonia with their comrades of 1st company (17th RGP).

On November 2, 2001, Montfort’s commander, Lieutenant Henri Thiers, disappeared at sea. A stele was drawn up by the men of the commando of Montfort on the small island of the master key of Goubet at the bottom of the gulf of Tadjourah, where Henri Thiers plunged for the last time.

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