French Army Special Forces Command
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|Commandement des forces spéciales Terre|
Badge of the BFST
1 July 2002 - 30 June 2016 (brigade)|
1 July 2016 (Command)
|Garrison/HQ||Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques France|
|Colors||Blue and Red|
The COM FST is the heir of the groupement spécial autonome (GSA, independent special grouping) created in 1997 and then commanded the 1er RPIMa and a special operations flight belonging to the 4e Régiment d'Hélicoptères de Commandement et de Manœuvre (4e RHCM, 4th command and manoeuvre helicopters regiment) of the ALAT.
In 1998, the Détachement ALAT des Opérations Spéciales (DAOS, ALAT detachment for special operations) was created.
The brigade des forces spéciales Terre (BFST) was activated on 1 July 2002 and included the 13e RDP. The BFST conduct an annual exercise called Gorgones (gorgons) to ensure interoperability of the three units. The name Gorgones refers to the three units, as the three mythological figures.
The brigade des forces spéciales Terre became the commandement des forces spéciales Terre (COM FST, division level) on 1 July 2016.
- HQ based in Pau
- 1er Régiment de Parachutistes d'Infanterie de Marine based in Bayonne.
- 13e Régiment de Dragons Parachutistes (13e RDP) based in Martignas-sur-Jalle.
- 4e Régiment d'Hélicoptères des Forces Spéciales (4e RHFS) based in Pau.
- Compagnie de commandement et transmission des Forces Spéciales (CCT FS) based in Pau.