Mexican Special Forces

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In Mexico both the Army and Navy have special forces groups or elite units.

Army Special Forces[edit]

The Army has a Special Forces Corps unified command consisting of three Special Forces Brigades, a High Command GAFE (Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales) group, a GAFE group assigned to the Airborne Brigade and several Amphibious Special Forces Groups.

The Special Forces Brigades are formed by nine SF battalions. The First brigade has the 1st, 2nd and 3rd SF battalions, the Second brigade has the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th battalions, and the Third Brigade has the 4th and 9th battalions and a Rapid Intervention Force group.

The High Command GAFE is a group with no more than 100 members who are specially trained in counter-terrorist tactics. They receive orders directly from the Secretary of National Defense.

The Amphibious Special Forces Groups are trained in amphibious warfare. They give the army special capabilities on coast lines.

Navy Special Forces[edit]

The Navy has a special operations force called Fuerzas Especiales, better known as FES. Their specialties are unconventional warfare, assault, counter-terrorism, and special reconnaissance operations.

There is also another special forces unit called Batallones de Comandos Anfibios. These units carry out special tasks for the Amphibious Reaction Forces (Marines). They are known to train with their American counterparts; the U.S. Army Special Forces. The Fuerzas Especiales are known to train with the Navy SEALs at the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, California.

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