French Special Operations

Commando Jaubert

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Commando Jaubert is one of 5 Naval Special Forces units including Commando Hubert, de Montfort, 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 has been translated from French)

Heir to the units of France created during the second World War in Great Britain, this commando bears the name of the commander François Jaubert, mortally wounded on January 25, 1946 in Tan Huyen (Cochinchine). Jaubert is apart of the COS under FORFUSCO.

The Jaubert commando is one of the most decorated French commando units. All the Commandos Marine carry “fodder the red”, because they are the heirs to this valorous unit. Its flag carries the legion of honor, the military decoration, and Military Cross of the TOE. Based in Lorient, this commando is specialized in sea operations, attack by boats, evacuation/extraction of personnel in amphibious areas, and close quarters combat.


Since 1962, the Jaubert commando continues to play a role in many operations. Some of the more known operations occured over the last few years: Oryx in Somalia (1993); Mizzen and Iskoutir in Djibouti and at sea Red; Osprey and Sharp Guard in the Adriatic; Albacore in the Bay of Biscay; Azalea in the Comoros (1995) as well as the Alba mission in Albania to recover Western nationals and to carry out beach recognition operations with the commando Hubert (1997).

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