The ARMED FORCES OF SENEGAL consists of about 17,000 personnel in the
army, air force , navy, and gendarmerie. The
Military noninterference in political affairs has contributed to
Senegal's stability since independence.
* 1 Summary of past military actions * 2 Army * 3 National Gendarmerie * 4 Navy * 5 Air Force * 6 Military zones
* 7 Equipment
* 7.1 Armored Cars * 7.2 Armoured personnel carriers * 7.3 Artillery * 7.4 Aircraft
* 8 References * 9 External links
SUMMARY OF PAST MILITARY ACTIONS
Paratroopers commando of
* In August 1981, the
Senegalese military was invited into the
The Army (Armée de Terre) is the leading force within the Senegalese armed forces and provides the chief of staff and the Inspecteur général des forces armées. Only the army and gendarmerie are important enough to have general officers , although the navy has been commanded by a flag officer in the past.
Senegalese soldiers enter a building during a training exercise.
Since independence the army has gone through a large number of
reorganisations. The army's heritage includes the prestigious
The Army currently consists of two divisions, the Operations Division
and the Logistic Division. The IISS estimated in 2012 that the Army
had a strength of 11,900 soldiers, three armoured battalions the 22nd,
24th, and 25th (at
Also reported is the 12th Battalion of the 2nd Military Zone at Saint Louis (Dakhar Bango), along with the Prytanée militaire de Saint-Louis, a military secondary school.
Although the Senegalese air force is geared towards supporting it, the army may have previously maintained its own very small aviation branch, called the "Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre" (like the French army's equivalent), which may have counted up to five light helicopters and two SA330 Puma transport helicopters. The IISS Military Balance 2012 does not list any helicopters in army service.
The Gendarmerie is a military force which provides policing and security. It includes a Territorial Gendarmerie with general policing duties, and a Mobile Gendarmerie for special tasks and serious public disorder.
Senegalese gendarmerie evolved out of a French colonial Spahi
detachment sent to
The commander is General Abdoulaye Fall (a different person from the current Armed Forces Chief of Staff of the same name), whose rank is Divisional General , and whose full job title is "High Commander of the Gendarmerie and Director of Military Justice".
The navy (marine), also known as the Armée de mer, is of small size and is commanded by a Ship-of-the-Line Captain . It is responsible for securing Senegal's Atlantic coastline which is strategically located on the extreme west of the African continent. The navy was created in 1961.
The Navy is divided into three branches known as "groupings":
1.) The Operational Naval Grouping (Groupement Naval Opérationnel), which is divided into three flotillas and one group:
* The High Seas Patrol Boats (Patrouilleurs de Haute Mer), * The Coastal Surveillance Vessels (Bâtiments de Surveillance Côtière), * The Fast Coastal Boats (Vedettes Côtières Rapides) and * The Transport Group (groupe de transport).
2.) The Naval Support Grouping (Groupement de Soutien de la Marine) responsible for ports, repairs, training, and logistics.
The air force (Armée de l'Air) is orientated towards providing
support for ground forces and resembles an army aviation corps. It has
no air-to-air combat aircraft, but possesses
Senegal's Military zones.
At the present time, there are seven military zones:
* Zone n°1 -
Each zone comprises a garrison office which caters to military issues and a social service office. The IISS Military Balance listed four zones in 2007.
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Armored Cars: (127)
ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS
Armoured personnel carriers: (89)
Other 'soft-skin' military vehicles not listed by the IISS:
* Ford M-151 Jeep 4x4
* Reo M-35 6x6 trucks
* Reo M-44 6x6 trucks
Senegalese marines (training mission in 2011).
* 6 M-50 155mm Howitzer
* 6 M-101 105mm howitzers
Mortars: 16. 8 Brandt 81mm medium mortar, 8 Brandt 120mm heavy mortar. Anti-tank weapons: 4 MBDA Milan ATGM Launchers, 31 Larc-89 Strim 89mm Light ATRLs RL. Air defence weapons: towed guns: 33. 21 53-T-2/M-693 20mm AAGs, 12 Bofors L-60 40mm AAGs Source: IISS Military Balance 2012, 450.
Main article: Senegalese Air Force
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