Year of foundation: 1953
Area of operation: worldwide
Home-base: Toulon, France
The Commando Hubert is the combatant diver unit of the French Navy, which is part of the French COFUSCO. They make their maritime actions in cooperation and help of the sercret services and the Navy.
- Protection or evacuation of French citizen
- Acts of sabotage
- Anti-terror measures
Soldiers who want to be part of the Commando Hubert have to be members of the Navy at least since four years and six months in the commandos of the Navy as well. The combatant diving training can only be done in the ages of 21 till 27 years. The training takes place in the combatant diving school in Saint Mandrier near the town Toulon. The first phase is open for every member of the Navy with an introduction to combatant diving. The second phase is only for combatant diver.
The training is twenty-seven weeks long and it is divided in three phases.
Phase 1 is eleven weeks long. During the first four weeks the general abilities concerning the diving are checked and improved. In the fifth week the participants are taught in the use of explosives. The last six weeks are dealt with special combatant diving topics e.g. under-water navigation, the use of small boats and kayaks.
Phase 2 is also eleven weeks long. During the first six weeks the participants learn techniques to sabotage ship’s among other things. Furthermore the use of kayaks and small boats is intensively taught. The next two weeks they spend their time with exercises. During these exercises they have to breakthrough the defense of the harbor of Toulon in a simulated attack and with the help of explosives to make a boat unusable. The difficulty is that the crew knows about the forthcoming attack.
The third and last phase is five weeks long and the focus is on the underwater sabotage and parachuting (where mainly the jump into the water with or without equipment is trained). Techniques of repairing ship’s and how to deal with obstacles under pressure are taught as well.
When this phase is completed the finished trained combatant divers receive their badge (two sea horses above an anchor and a wing). After their training they will serve the Commando Hubert for three years. During these three years they have many further trainings including an advanced combatant diving course and a paratrooper training.
After the three years the soldiers can choose whether they want to stay another three years, to become a teacher at the combatants’ diver school or whether they want to leave the unit.
- HK USP
- PAMAS G1
- SIG P‑226
- MP‑5 SD 3 +A5
- Remington 870 Shotgun
- MG MINIMI
- MacMillan M‑87
- MacMillan FR F2
Means of transport:
- Futura Mk II und Mk III
- Vostock NG
The first company has a strength of 50 soldiers and it consists of four sections:
- Section A: commando section
- Section B: anti-terror unit
- Section C: use and maintenance of the under water equipment
- Section D: reconnaissance and support
There are also plans to create a section E which should use Hurricane boats.
The second company is responsible for the support, maintenance and logistics. It has a strength of approximately 30 soldiers.
Previous missions (so far as known)
- Lebanon (the Commando Hubert supported the evacuation and protected the withdrawal of the PLO)
- During French nuclear tests
- Numerous actions in Africa
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