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Infantería de Marina - Organization
Marine Corps

As of the year 2010 the Infantería de Marina was estimated to number 19,238 Marines.

The Naval Commands of Regions, in the discharge of responsibilities assigned to the Navy of Mexico are responsible for performing the duties of the State in its area of jurisdiction, by planning, conducting and coordination of naval operations and through the operational organization of the zones and shipbuilding.

The marine force consisted in 1996 of a paratroop brigade of three battalions, a battalion attached to the Presidential Guard Brigade, three battalions with headquarters in Mexico City, Acapulco, and Veracruz, and thirty-five independent companies distributed among ports, bases, and zonal headquarters. As of 2006 the Marines were organized in 3 brigades, each of 3 battalions, 2 airborne battalions, 1 Presidential Guard battalion, 11 regional battalions, and miscellaneous coastal defense units. Ministry of Marina Secretary on 01 June 2007 Secretarial Agreement 88 reorganized and created Marine battalions to provide commanders in regions, areas and naval sectors of adequate staff for surveillance and patrolling of the coastline of the country. Battalions were reorganized and create Marine to give the controls of Regions, Zones and Sectors Naval sufficient staff to monitor and patrol the coastline of the country.

In March 2007 the Secretaría de Marina Armada de Mexico increased its immediate reaction battalions with the arrival of Amphibious Special Forces Group (GANFES) of the Mexican Army, which became part of the Naval Forces of the Gulf and Pacific, responsible for guarding the Mexican coasts. The transfer of this group of elite Mexican Army unit to the Navy Mexico was due to poor operation, lack of training and almost no preparation in the management of interceptor speedboats, which limited its role in national waters. This is why the commission of Defense and Navy in the House of Representatives, met with the heads of National Defense, Guillermo Galvan Galvan and Marina, Francisco Saynez Mendoza to arrange the transfer of 143 interceptor boats [lanchas de intercepción], 110 boats of recognition [lanchas de reconocimiento], 6 boats "Zodiak", and 8 jet skis, (267 pieces in total) that were operated by the GANFES to the Navy of Mexico, like the 36 Amphibian Special Forces Group [36 grupos Anfibios de Fuerzas Especiales].

Based on the security policies applied by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to frontally fight crime and insecurity, it is necessary to carry out a reorganization of the Marine units, according to the situation and needs of each coastal State, which would result in better organizational performance in maritime police duties. It is necessary to increase the presence of naval personnel in the coastal belt of the country, maritime policing duties, which would strengthen the response capacity of the Navy of Mexico to more effectively assist in the efforts of the Federal Government combating organized crime and drug trafficking. The High Command is responsible to the Supreme Command of the creation of establishments and naval units, to increase the operational capability of the Navy of Mexico to help achieve the security goals of the Federal Government. The restructuring of the Naval Brigades referred Secretarial Agreement No. 156, of 15 June 2004, was in recess after the entry into force of this Agreement.

To fulfill its responsibilities the Navy of Mexico will have the following Marine Corps Battalions [Batallones de Infantería de Marina]:


Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea
First Naval Region
Marine BattalionFirst Naval DistrictCiudad MaderoTamaulipas
Marine BattalionSector Naval de MatamorosTamaulipas State
Marine BattalionThird Naval DistrictVeracruzVeracruz
Marine BattalionThird Naval DistrictVeracruzVeracruz
Marine BattalionNaval Sector CoatzacoalcosVeracruz State
Third Naval Region
Marine Infantry BattalionThird Naval RegionCiudad del CarmenCampeche State
Marine BattalionFifth Marine ZoneFronteraTabasco
Marine Infantry BattalionSeventh Naval DistrictLermaState of Campeche
Marine BattalionNaval Champotón SectorState of Campeche
Quinta Región Naval / Fifth Naval Region
Marine Infantry BattalionFifth Naval RegionIsla MujeresQuintana Roo
Marine Infantry BattalionNinth Naval DistrictYukalpeténState of Yucatan
Marine battalionEleventh Naval DistrictChetumalQuintana Roo
Marine Battalion Naval Sector of CozumelQuintana Roo
Pacific Coast
Naval Region II
Marine Infantry Battalion EnsenadaBaja California
Fourth Naval Region
Marine Infantry BattalionFourth Naval RegionGuaymasSonora
Marine Infantry BattalionSecond Naval ZoneLa PazBaja California Sur
Marine Infantry BattalionFourth Naval DistrictMazatlánSinaloa
Marine BattalionNaval Sector Puerto PenascoSonora
Marine Battalion Naval Sector TopolobampoSinaloa state
Sixth Naval Region
Marine Infantry Battalion Sixth Naval RegionManzanilloColima
Marine Infantry BattalionSixth Naval DistrictSan BlasNayarit State
Marine battalionEighth Naval DistrictPuerto VallartaJalisco
Marine Infantry Battalion Tenth Naval DistrictLázaro CárdenasMichoacan State
Eighth Naval Region
Marine battalion Eighth Naval RegionAcapulcoGuerrero
Marine battalionTwelfth Naval DistrictSalina CruzOaxaca
Marine battalionFourteenth Naval DistrictPuerto ChiapasChiapas
Marine battalionFourteenth Naval DistrictPuerto ChiapasChiapas
Marine Battalion Sector Naval de HuatulcoOaxaca
Cuartel General - Headquarters
Marine battalionMexico CityFederal District
Marine battalionMexico CityFederal District
Parachute Rifle Battalion
Presidential Guards Battalion

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