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French Gendarmerie Maritime question

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French Gendarmerie Maritime question

Unread postby ChrisWI » Tue Jan 27, 2004 6:21 pm

On Pavel's France section, I see an agency listed as the Gendarmerie Maritime, what is this? Is it similar to the US Coast Guard?
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Unread postby Olivier Comault » Wed Jan 28, 2004 6:51 pm

Hi !

Well... there is no strictly coastguards equivalent here. The gendarmerie maritime performs the same duties that its land counterpart, being a part of it, but on seashore and harbours. Here is the website : www.gendarmerie-maritime.org ( entierely in French ) There is also an air gendarmerie...

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Unread postby ChrisWI » Wed Jan 28, 2004 10:43 pm

Thanks, I assume their rank insignia is the same as the regular Gendarmerie Nationale?
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Unread postby Olivier Comault » Fri Jan 30, 2004 3:58 pm

Yes, they are... But they are gold instead of silver. I'don't think there is a general's rank.
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Unread postby LEVESQUE » Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:14 pm

They wear the french navy uniform and have quite the same insignia as the sailors. For the enlisted, the stripes are blue instead of red. The names for the ranks are the same as in Gendarmerie.
Enlisted ranks :
Gendarme adjoint volontaire : none
Gendarme adjoint volontaire de premičre classe: 1 blue chevron
Brigadier : 2 blue chevrons
Brigadier-chef : 3 blue chevrons (like the 3 red chevrons of QM 1 in the Navy ; unlike the french gendarmery 2 blue and 1 silver chevrons)
Officers and NCO's ranks : like the french Gendarmerie Mobile.
For exemple :
Gendarme adjoint volontaire de premičre classe (GND/MAR)
Maréchal des logis-chef (GND/MAR)
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