French Gendarmerie

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Controlled by the Ministry of Armed Forces, the Gendarmerie Nationale is a very efficient paramilitary force with close links to the army. In wartime it would act as the Military Police. The first air unit was established on 6 May 1954. Aircraft are maintained by the Army on behalf of the Gendarmerie, and come under the control of the Groupement Central des Formations Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie (GCFAG).

Key Dates

1793    Gendarmerie established.
6 May 1954    Air Unit created.
1954    First helicopters received – AB.47G.

Current Status

The Gendarmerie helicopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plan known.

Markings

Special Markings

Gendarmerie helicopters have an overall medium blue colour scheme, with a white fuselage cheatline that extends to the end of the tailboom. The national marking, in the form of an Armee de l’Air style roundel, is displayed on the rear fuselage sides. No fin flash is carried. The service titles GENDARMERIE are displayed on the cabin door or lower forward fuselage. Also displayed are the Gendarmerie logo and the individual radio call letters of the particular helicopter.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Gendarmerie aircraft and helicopters carry civil registrations in the F-MJxx and F-MCSx ranges, eg: AS.350B F-MJCU. Earlier registrations are reused as older types are withdrawn.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Direction générale de la Gendarmerie nationale, Rue St Didier, Paris.

Organisational Structure

Sections Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie (SAG) comprise two or more helicopters. Detachements Aeriens de la Gendarmerie (DAG) normally comprise only one helicopter. Detachement Saisonnier (DSG) are seasonal detachments from the nearest main unit.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments for 2008

All-Time Flying Units List

List of Flying Units

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See organisation table above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.10 p.156

Websites

Official Gendarmerie website

wikipedia: Gendarmerie Nationale
wikipedia: Forces Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie Nationale

airliners.net

Les hélicoptères de la Gendarmerie

Gendarmerie historique

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Historical Unit Assignments for 2008

of the French Gendarmerie
Unit Type Base
GCFAG Alouette III, AS350B/B-1 Villacoublay
GST AS350B Le Blanc
Section Aerienne AS350B Amiens
– – Detachement Saisonnier AS350B Abbeville
Section Aerienne AS350B Cazaux
– Detachement Aerien AS350B Bayonne
– – Detachement Saisonnier AS350B Mimizan
Section Aerienne AS350B Dijon
Section Aerienne AS350B, Alouette III Hyeres
– Detachement Aerien Alouette III Ajaccio
– Detachement Aerien Alouette III Briancon
– Detachement Aerien AS350B Montpellier
Section Aerienne AS350B, Alouette III Lyon
– Detachement Aerien Alouette III Chamonix
– Detachement Aerien Alouette III Modane
Section Aerienne AS350B Metz
– – Detachement Saisonnier AS350B Xonrupt
Section Aerienne AS350B Rennes
– Detachement Aerien AS350B Saint-Nazaire
Section Aerienne AS350B Toulouse
– Detachement Aerien Alouette III Tarbes
Section Aerienne AS350B Tours
– Detachement Aerien AS350B Egletons
– Detachement Aerien AS350B Limoges
– – Detachement Saisonnier AS350B Mouthe
– – Detachement Saisonnier AS350B Royan
Section Aerienne Alouette III Villacoublay
Overseas Units:
Section Aerienne AS350B Fort-de-France, Martinique
– Detachement Aerien AS350B Pointe-a-Pitre, Gaudeloupe
– Detachement Aerien AS350B-1 Cayenne, French Guyana
Section Aerienne AS350B-1 Noumea, New Caledonia
Section Aerienne Alouette III St-Denis, Reunion


GCFAG = Groupement Central des Formations Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie
GST = Groupment de Soutien Technique
SAG = Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie
DAG = Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie
DSG = Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie

Current Unit Assignments

of the French Gendarmerie
Unit Type Base
GCFAG 3 x EC135, 1 x AS350B, 3 x EC145 Villacoublay-Velizy
GST 1 x AS350B Le Blanc
SAG Amiens 1 x AS350B, 1 x EC135 Amiens-Glicy
– – DSG Abbeville 1 x AS350B Abbeville
SAG Merignac 2 x AS350B, 1 x EC135 Bordeaux-Merignac
– – DSG Mimizan 1 x AS350B Mimizan
– DAG Bayonne 1 x AS350B Biarritz-Bayonne – Anglet
SAG Dijon 2 x AS350B Dijon-Longvic
– – DSG Morez 1 x AS350B Morez
SAG Hyeres 1 x EC135 Hyeres-Le Palyvestre
– – DSG Cannes 1 x AS350B Cannes-Mandelieu
– – DSG Jausiers 1 x AS350B Jausiers
– DAG Montpellier 2 x AS350B Montpellier-Mediterrannée
SAG Ajaccio 1 x EC135 Ajaccio-Campo dell’Oro
SAG Dignes 1 x EC145 Digne-les-Baines – Aiglun
– DAG Briancon 1 x EC145 Briancon
SAG Lyon 1 x AS350B, 1 x EC135 Lyon-Bron
– DAG Modane 1 x EC145 Modane
SAG Chamonix 1 x EC145 Chamonix-Les Bois
SAG Metz 2 x AS350B Metz-Frescaty
– – DSG Xonrupt 1 x AS350B Xonrupt
SAG Rennes 2 x AS350B, 1 x EC135 Rennes-Saint Jacques
– DAG Saint Nazaire 1 x AS350B Saint-Nazaire-Montoir
SAG Toulouse 1 x AS350B, 1 x EC145 Toulouse-Blagnac
– DAG Tarbes 1 x EC135 Tarbes-Laloubere
– – DSG Gavarnie 1 x AS350B Gavarnie
– DAG Pamiers 1 x AS350 Pamiers-Les Pujois
– – DSG Savignac 1 x AS350B Savignac
SAG Tours 2 x AS350B Tours-Val de Loire
– – DSG Lannion 1 x AS350B Lannion
– – DSG Mouthe 1 x AS350B Mouthe
SAG Limoges 1 x AS350B Limoges-Bellegarde
– DAG Egletons 1 x AS350B Egletons
– DAG Rochefort 1 x AS350B Rochefort
– – DSG Royan 1 x AS350B Royan
SAG Villacoublay 1 x AS350, 2 x EC145, 1 x EC135 Villacoublay-Velizy
Overseas Units:
SAG Cayenne 2 x AS350B, 1 x EC145 Cayenne-Rochambeau, French Guiana
SAG Fort-de-France 1 x AS350B Fort-de-France – Le Lamentin, Martinique
SAG Numea 2 x AS350B Noumea-Magenta, New Caledonia
SAG Pazmandzi 1 x AS350B Pazmandzi, Mayotte
SAG Pointe a Pitre 1 x AS350B Pointe-a-Pitre – La Raizet, Gaudeloupe
SAG Saint Denis 1 x EC145 Saint-Denis – Gillot, Reunion


GCFAG = Groupement Central des Formations Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie
GST = Groupment de Soutien Technique
SAG = Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie
DAG = Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie
DSG = Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie

All-Time Units Listing

of the French Gendarmerie

This page lists all the flying units of the Gendarmerie Nationale, since its formation.

Groupement Central des Formations Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie
Groupment de Soutien Technique

Sections Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie Amiens
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie Bordeaux
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie Dijon
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie Hyeres
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie Limoges
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie Lyon
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie Metz
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie Rennes
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie Toulouse
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie Fort de France
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie Noumea
Section Aerienne de Gendarmerie St. Denis

Detachements Aeriens de la Gendarmerie
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Ajaccio
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Biarritz
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Briancon
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Chamonix
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Colmar – disbanded
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Dignes
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Egletons
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Modane
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Montpelier
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie St. Nazaire
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Tarbes
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Cayenne
Detachement Aerien de la Gendarmerie Points a Pitre

Detachements Saisonniers
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Abbeville
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Gavarnie
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Jausiers
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Lannion
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Mimizan
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Morez
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Mouthe
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Pamiers
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Royan
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Savignac
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Xonrupt
Detachement Saisonnier de la Gendarmerie Cannes

All-Time Aircraft Used List
French Gendarmerie

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS 315B Lama 1 1975 19?? France
Aerospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil 36 1978 current France
Aerospatiale AS 550U2 Ecureuil 1 2006 2009 France
Agusta-Bell AB47G 13 1954 1972 Italy
Amiot AAC.1 (Ju 52/3m) ? 1954 ? France
Cessna U206F 6 1974 1994 USA
Eurocopter EC135 15 2009 current France
Eurocopter EC145B 15 2002 current Germany
Nord 3400 6 1972 1974 France
Sud Aviation SE 3130 Alouette II 27 1957 1991 France
Sud Aviation SA 318C Alouette II Astazou 11 1963 198? France
Sud Aviation SA 3160 Alouette III 6 1963 20?? France
Sud Aviation SA 316B Alouette III 1 19?? 20?? France
Sud Aviation SA 319B Alouette III 12 1970 2009 France