Special Operations Forces
Fuerzas Especiales
FES insignia
Active2001 - present
CountryUnited Mexican States
Allegiance Mexico
BranchMexican Navy
TypeNaval Special Operations Commando
Part ofUnidad de Operaciones Especiales (UNOPES)
Motto(s)Fuerza, Espíritu, Sabiduría (Strength, Spirit, Wisdom)

The Fuerzas Especiales (Special Forces), commonly known as FES is a Tier 1 special operations group of the Mexican Navy - Marines that falls under the special operations command (UNOPES). It was officially established in late 2001.

These forces are capable of carrying out non-conventional warfare in the air, sea and land, by utilizing all means of infiltration available to develop the most variable operational incursions with the use of military diving techniques, parachuting, vertical descent, urban combat, sniping and use of explosives. The units are well organized, trained and equipped to operate independently in maritime, lake, riverine or terrestrial scenarios.


The FES has played a major active role in the Mexican Drug War, undertaking direct action missions, intelligence gathering, reconnaissance operations, personnel, weapons and facility seizures, law enforcement arrests and kill or capture missions.

Some of their most known operations:


Operators of the FES team during an exercise.

There are two main training centers where the operators receive training:

- Centro de Capacitación y Adiestramiento Especializado de Infantería de Marina (CENCAEIM) in Champotón, Mexico

- Centro de Entrenamiento Avanzado in Valle de Bravo, Mexico[9]

- Additional training is also received at the Special Operations Command North (SOCNORTH) in Peterson Space Force Base, CO[10]

In these centers they receive some of the following training:


FES are divided into multiple assault squadrons, whose primary tasks consist mainly of Direct-Action and Counter-terrorism operations, some of these squadrons are:


See also

List of military special forces units


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