Collection

Cuerpo de Infanteria de Marina (Colombia)

Overview

The Colombian Naval Infantry and also referred to as Colombian Marines (Spanish: Infantería de Marina Colombiana) is the marine force of the Colombian National Armada. The 24,000-member Colombian Marine Infantry is organized into a single division with four brigades (one amphibious assault brigade and three riverine brigade), each with several battalions plus numerous small security units.

Organization and Capabilities

Marine Infantry Training Base

Base de entrenamiento de infanteria de marina "BEIM". Is located in a small town called Coveñas, Sucre Department, in the caribbean north of Colombia. It has 3 battalions for recruits training "Boot camp" called BINIM 1, BINIM2 and BINIM3 (BINIM, Batallón de Instrucción de Infantería de Marina). A 13-week training program is performed under supervision of the United States Naval Mission by a Gunnery Sergeant of the US Marine corp.

The BEIM also has an Specialists Center (CESIM: Centro de Especialistas de Infantería de marina), where professional marines and sub-officers (Coporals - Sergeants) receive special training courses: Drill instructor, Anti-explosives, Canine guide, Personal defense, Shooter and Water survival. The training in this center is also supervised by the Gunnery Sergeant of the US Naval Mission. There is also the Batallón de Comando y Apoyo de IM Nº 2 (BACAIM2) in charge of the watch and security of the surrounding areas of the base and some sectors of the Sucre Department.

First Marine Infantry Brigade

  • Brigada de Infantería de Marina No.1 Is a minor operative unit with the main purpose of neutralizing narcoterrorism. Mainly operated in the Caribbean Region of Colombia, in the area of Montes de María.
  • BATALLÓN DE FUSILEROS DE IM N° 2
  • BATALLÓN DE FUSILEROS DE IM N° 3
  • BATALLÓN DE FUSILEROS DE IM N° 4
  • BATALLÓN DE CONTRAGUERRILLAS DE IM N° 1
  • BATALLÓN DE CONTRAGUERRILLAS DE IM N° 2
  • BATALLÓN DE COMANDO Y APOYO DE IM N° 1

First Riverine Marine Infantry Brigade

  • Brigada Fluvial de Infantería de Marina No. 1. The First Fluvial Brigade of the Naval Infantry was founded with the main purpose of grouping the direction, organization and control of all fluvial units of the former Fluvial Fleet of Magdalena and the Oriente.
  • BATALLÓN FLUVIAL DE I.M. NO.20 TURBO – ANTIOQUIA
  • BATALLÓN FLUVIAL DE I.M. NO.30 YATI – BOLIVAR
  • BATALLÓN FLUVIAL DE I.M. NO.40 PUERTO CARREÑO - VICHADA
  • BATALLÓN FLUVIAL DE I.M. NO.50 PUERTO INIRIDA – GUAINIA

Second Riverine Marine Infantry Brigade

  • Brigada Fluvial de Infantería de Marina No.2 The Second Fluvial Brigade of the Naval Infantry is based in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca Department.
  • BATALLÓN DE ASALTO FLUVIAL DE IM N° 1 BUENAVENTURA-VALLE
  • BATALLÓN DE ASALTO FLUVIAL DE IM N° 3 BAHIA SOLANO - CHOCO
  • BATALLÓN DE ASALTO FLUVIAL DE IM N° 4 BAHIA MALAGA – VALLE
  • BATALLÓN FLUVIAL DE IM N° 10 GUAPI - CAUCA
  • BATALLÓN FLUVIAL DE IM N° 70 TUMACO – NARIÑO
  • BATALLÓN FLUVIAL DE IM N° 80 BUENAVENTURA-VALLE
  • BATALLÓN DE COMANDO Y APOYO DE IM N° 3 BUENAVENTURA-VALLE

Third Riverine Marine Infantry Brigade

  • Brigada Fluvial de Infantería de Marina No.3 The Third Fluvial Brigade of the Naval Infantry is based in Puerto Leguizamo, Putumayo.
  • Batallón Fluvial de I.M. Nº 60 Puerto Leguízamo - Putumayo
  • Batallón Fluvial de I.M. Nº 90 Tres Esquinas - Caquetá
  • Batallón Fluvial de I.M. Nº 100 Barrancón - Guaviare
  • Batallón de Asalto Fluvial I.M. Nº 2 Tres Esquinas - Caquetá

Riverine Task Group

  • Grupo de Tarea Fluvial The Fluvial Tasks Group is a minor operative unit created on February 16, 2004 to participate in the Joint Task Force OMEGA which participates in operations part of the Plan Patriota.
  • UNIDAD DE TAREA FLUVIAL DEL CAQUETA. TRES ESQUINAS – CAQUETA
  • UNIDAD DE TAREA FLUVIAL DEL GUAVIARE. SAN JOSE DEL GUAVIARE
  • BATALLÓN DE ASALTO FLUVIAL DE IM N° 2. TRES ESQUINAS – CAQUETA