The Fuerzas Especiales, often abbreviated as FES and colloquially known as Cuachicqueh or Quachics, is a distinguished Special Missions Unit under the Mexican Navy, officially founded in 2001.

Emerging from the ashes of a previous elite faction known as Fuerzas Especiales del Alto Mando or FES-AM (formerly recognized as Grupo de Alto Impacto or GAI), the FES now operates under the banner of the Naval Special Warfare Command as a component of the UNOPES or Unidad de Operaciones Especiales.

Living by the mantra “Fuerza, Espíritu, Sabiduría” – translating to “Strength, Spirit, Wisdom” – FES stands as a testament to its naval prowess and dedication. Their insignia captures their naval heritage with an anchor, which is complemented by wings. At its center is a vibrant black and blue shield that bears a dynamic lightning bolt and the unit’s initials, underscoring their swift and impactful operations.

FES insignia
FES Insignia


The FES stands as an internationally recognized maritime Special Missions Unit. Their stellar reputation comes from their extensive involvement in combating drug trafficking, their exceptional operational aptitude, and the rigorous training regimen they undergo both locally and internationally. They’ve received training from elite counterparts across the world, notably in countries like the United States, Spain, and Israel.

Details surrounding the operations spearheaded by the FES remain shrouded in secrecy, covering both mission specifics and any resultant casualties or unintended damages. Yet, their pivotal role in Mexico’s battle against drug cartels is undeniable. Their expertise spans a range of missions, from direct combat engagements, intelligence collation, and reconnaissance to high-value target apprehensions and elimination.

The versatility of the FES is showcased in their proficiency across diverse terrains – from land and sea to the sky. They are adept at employing a myriad of tactical approaches, be it underwater maneuvers, aerial drops, urban warfare, precision sniping, or handling explosive devices. The unit is designed to function seamlessly in various settings – whether on the ground, amid the waves, or airborne insertions.

A line of FES


The Mexican Navy boasts the UNOPES, or “Unidad de Operaciones Especiales” – translated as the Special Operations Unit. This esteemed command is structured with five distinct Special Operations Forces (SOF) Units, of which the FES Groups hold a significant role. The FES is further categorized into three specialized factions: