- An aerial transport group, composed with one Transall C-160 and 3 Eurocopter Cougar
- A battlegroup (Groupe Tactique Interarmes, in French) of the French Army, including motorised infantry, engineering, ALAT and light armour.
- An amphibious naval group composed with the amphibious operation ships Mistral and Siroco, and the frigates Jean Bart and Jean de Vienne. The group has hospital capabilities, combat helicopters, transport helicopters, and landing craft.
On 18 August 2006, 14,500 people had been evacuated (including 11,300 French citizens).
On 20 August, the TCD Foudre and the frigate Cassard sailed from Toulon to join the theatre and convoy elements from the 2nd and 13th Regiments of Engineering, as well as over 100 engineering vehicles for the UNIFIL
On 3 October, an Israeli fighter penetrated the 2-nautical-mile (3.7 km) defence perimeter of the stealth frigate Courbet, triggering a diplomatic incident. Israel apologised after official protests from the French government .
The codename refers to the Triggerfish (and not the ancient weapon ballista, as sometimes misunderstood).
- French Defence Ministry
- (French) L'opération BALISTE ancienscolbleus.forumactif.com, site for former French sailors ; lots of photographs.
- (French) corlobe.tk
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