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A. SIGINT Overseas Mayotte (Foreign Legion)

Last modified: 18 Apr 2022, submitted by: Joker
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Country: France    Region: Mayotte

Locale: Labattoir

Latitude: 12° 47' 7" S     Longitude: 45° 16' 41" E

Area use / Military Branches: Active

   
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Quartier Cabaribère sur l'île de Dzaoudzi à Mayotte http://lalegion.info/d-l-e-m/
- Détachement de Légion étrangère de Mayotte / DLEM (Foreign Legion Det Mayotte)
DLEM consists of permanent and temporarily stationed personnel. Appx 300 military able to be deployed for short time missions under tropical conditions.
Organisation : Cmd and service company and PROTERRE company (1 cmd and 3 combat sections)

- SIGINT facikity at grid 12° 46' 17" S 45° 16' 50" E on the ridge near the flooded old Dziani Dzaha crater operated by DGSE and Frech Navy Intel. This facility is also being shared with the German BND and monitors the East African area.

There has been a French SIGINT station on Mayotte since at least the 1970's, which at the time was focused on intercepting radio traffic from the Middle East, Near East, Africa, and South Asia. In the 1990s, plans were made for a SATCOM intercept station on the French island of Mayotte in conjunction with the German BND. Construction took 5 years and ops started in 1998,
The site is on the flank of the Dziani Dzaha volcano, with the ops center on the tiny island of Petite-Terre adjacent to the Foreign Legion (See FL Mayotte).
Mayotte SIGINT began covering comms traffic from Africa, the Middle East and Asia passing through satellites parked in orbit over the Indian Ocean.

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