On April 3-5, troopers with the thirteenth Demi-Brigade of the French Overseas Legion, who’re assigned to NATO enhanced Ahead Presence (eFP) Battlegroup Estonia, carried out an assault drill on the Tapa navy coaching space in Estonia. The train aimed to develop troopers’ capabilities for mixed arms operations, and it allowed leaders to function in a simulated fight atmosphere whereas specializing in techniques crucial to keep up mission readiness.

Throughout the first part of the train, the French service members needed to react to a mine risk. An preliminary reconnaissance was carried out by fight engineers, whereas different duties had been carried out with a Black Hornet drone. After having decided the enemy’s location, power and tendencies, the Overseas Legionnaires dismounted from their multi-role armoured automobiles ‘Griffon’ and gained the higher hand on the opposing pressure.


Assigned to NATO eFP Battlegroup Estonia, the thirteenth Demi-Brigade of the French Overseas Legion and a platoon of fight engineers conduct an assault drill utilizing their modern 6×6 wheeled armoured automobiles ‘Griffon’. (Picture by Multinational Corps Northeast Public Affairs Workplace)

The assault drill served as a way to sharpen the French contingent’s tactical edge forward of the upcoming coaching occasions corresponding to train Daring Hussar. Deliberate for mid-April, it would combine all components of the UK-led battlegroup into the Estonian 1st Infantry Brigade. The French Military has been deploying its forces to the Baltic Sea area with NATO’s enhanced Ahead Presence as half of what’s referred to as in France Mission Lynx.

The French Overseas Legion (Légion étrangère) is a corps of the French Military that consists of a number of specialties: infantry, cavalry, engineers, airborne troops. The legionnaires are an integral a part of the French Military. Immediately, they represent some 7–8% of its power (or 11% of the Floor Operational Forces, FOT, French Military operational items). The Overseas Legion is the one unit of the French Military open to individuals of any nationality. Most legionnaires nonetheless come from European international locations however a rising share comes from Latin America and Asia.