French Army Special Forces Command

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Commandement des forces spéciales Terre
Insigne de La Brigade des forces spéciales terre.gif
Badge of the BFST
Active 1 July 2002 - 30 June 2016 (brigade)
1 July 2016 (Command)
Country  France
Branch  French Army
Type Special Forces
Garrison/HQ Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques France
Colors Blue and Red
Abbreviation COM FST

The Army Special Forces Command (French: Commandement des forces spéciales Terre, COM FST) is the French Army's special forces unit. It is based in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques.


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 BFST has supported the peacekeeping operation in Côte d'Ivoire (Operation Licorne) and Afghanistan (Operation Héracles).

The brigade des forces spéciales Terre became the commandement des forces spéciales Terre (COM FST, division level) on 1 July 2016.


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