Vice Chief of Staff (VCOS)

Lieutenant General Hugues Delort-Laval was born in 1961 in Toulon.
He attended successively the Military Academy St-Cyr (Grande Armée class 1981-1983) and the Armour School SAUMUR, and he was commissioned into the 1st Airborne Hussars (the Airborne Brigade Reconnaissance Regiment) in 1984.
His early regimental service was spent as a Panhard ERC 90 Troop Leader then as a Squadron Commander, a period in which he deployed four times in CHAD and in Central African Republic. In 1992 he was ADC to the French Chief of Defence Staff (Admiral Lanxade then General Douin). After attending the French Staff College in 1996/97 and the UK Advanced Command and Staff Course, Bracknell in 1997/98, he held staff appointments as SO2 G3 Ops and SO1 G2 in Division HQ n° 2 in Nantes. During that period he served four times in the Balkans, as Chief Operation Centre MNDSE in Bosnia, as MA to Commander NATO Extraction Force in FYRoM in 1999 and as MA to Commander KFOR in Kosovo in 2001.
In 2002 he was promoted to Colonel and assumed command of 1st Airborne Hussars. He deployed in Western Ivory Coast with his Regiment in 2004.
From 2004 to 2006, he was posted to the Army General Staff, in charge of developing the Army contact battle capabilities then as Deputy Chief of the Army Capabilities Development Branch.
In 2006 he attended both the Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires (56th Course) and the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Defense Nationale (59th Course).
From 2007 to 2009 he was Deputy Chief of Military Cabinet of the Defence Minister, in charge of both Army issues and Armed Forces activities within French territory.
He was promoted to Brigadier in 2009 and commanded the Army Special Forces Brigade from 2009 to 2011.
In 2011 he was Deputy Commandant and Director of faculty of the French War College (Ecole de guerre) in Paris.
In 2012-2013 he served one year in Lebanon as UNIFIL COS.
He was promoted to Major General in 2013 and posted to the Army General Staff, as General international affairs from 2013 to 2014. From 2014 to 2016, he was in charge of the Joint Staff International Affairs.
In November 2016 he took over as Vice-COS SHAPE.
He is married to Florence and they have six children.

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