Commando Trepel is one of 5 Naval Special Forces units including Commando Hubert, Jaubert, de Montfort, 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)
Based in Lorient, the Trépel commando specializes in sea attacks. Heir to the units of France created during the second World War in Great Britain, this commando bears the name of the Trépel Captain who was with Kieffer (one of the creators of the commandos, and who disappeared during the raid of the Dutch coast in February 1944).
Based in Lorient, this commando specializes in attack by boats, evacuation/extraction of personnel in amphibious areas, and close quarters combat.
The Trepel commando has carried out many operations in the last few years including the protection of the civil population at the time of the Turquoise operation in Rwanda (1995), a badge mission in Afghanistan (1996), the Maracuja operation in the Caribbean (1997) and, with 1st RPIMa, the extraction of nationals with Dolissi in Congo.
In March 2006, a marine officer of the Trépel commando force was killed during an engagement against Taliban fighters in Southern Afghanistan. He was the second French soldier to die in combat operations while serving in Afghanistan.