The Troupes Coloniales were army units formed to primarily serve in French overseas territories. They were initially formed under Navy control but in 1900 were transferred to Army control. They often consisted of French regular officers with native enlisted men. Between 1947 and 1952 the Troupes Coloniales operated six Supermarine Sea Otters from BAN Cat-Lai in French Indochina, (now Vietnam). It is not clear what, (if any), other aircraft the TC operated or what the unit designation was. These aircraft were active at the time when French forces were combating escalating guerrilla operations by the Viet Minh. The term ‘Aviation Coloniale’ was a generic term for French overseas military aviation and not specific to the TC.
|1816||L’infanterie de marine first established.|
|?||Renamed Troupes de Marine.|
|7 July 1900||Renamed Troupes Coloniales.|
|1947||First Sea Otter obtained.|
|1 December 1958||Renamed Troupes d’ Outre-Mer.|
|4 May 1961||Renamed Troupes de marine.|
The Troupes Coloniales/Troupes de Marine no longer operates aircraft.
The Sea Otters appear to have operated in standard Aeronavale colours, even though the Troupes Coloniales was a part of the Army.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
To be confirmed.
Coding system not used
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Supermarine Sea Otter II||6||1947||1952||RAF|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Troupes Coloniales, BAN Cat-Lai, French Indochina.
All aircraft are operated by a single unit of unknown designation.
Current Order of Battle
Historical Orders of Battle
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
All-Time Air Bases Used List
The Sea otters were based at BAN Cat-Lai in French Indochina – which was near Saigon.
French Aviation Bibliography – to be added
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