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28th Engineer Regiment
28 Engineer Regiment Badge.png
Badge of the Regiment
Active 1951–1957
1970–2014
2018–Present
Country  United Kingdom
Branch

 British Army

Role Counter-CBRN regiment
Size Regiment
Part of 8th Engineer Brigade
Garrison/HQ RAF Honington

The 28th Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers is an engineer regiment of the British Army. Although being disbanded in both 1957 and recently 2014, the regiment was reformed for the third time. The regiment was reformed as part of the Army 2020 refines as a joint CBRN engineer regiment.

History[edit | edit source]

28 Engineer Regiment can trace its history back to 1951 when it was formed in Benghazi, Libya and it saw service in Korea with the 1st Commonwealth Division in the Korean War. In April in 1955, it moved to Devizes in Wiltshire and joined the 1st Infantry Division. From June 1956 to March 1957, the regiment moved to Christmas Island and disbanded after it returned to the United Kingdom shortly after.[1][2]

In 1970, the regiment was re-formed as 28 Amphibious Engineer Regiment, coming under of Commander, Royal Engineers, I (BR) Corps, British Army of the Rhine in West Germany.[1][2][3] In 1993, the regiment was re-organized under the Options for Change force reductions with its amphibious commitment was reduced to a single squadron, and it was re-roled as a general support regiment, tasked with supporting the 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division. From June to November 1995, the regiment was deployed to Bosnia and 1999 to Macedonia and later that year formed as part of Kosovo Force. In 2003, the regiment was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Telic. From October 2006 - April 2007 the regiment deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick V with 3 Commando Brigade.[2][4]

Before the initial Army 2020 changes the regiment was re-roled as a close support engineer regiment, attached to the 11th Light Brigade.[5] In 2014 the unit was disbanded as a result of the Army 2020 reforms.[2][4]

The Regiment reformed under Army 2020 Refine as a counter-chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (C-CBRN) regiment, based at Rock Barracks in Woodbridge, Suffolk.[6] It will work with Falcon Squadron RTR and 27 Squadron RAF Regiment's CBRN specialists based at RAF Honington.[7][8][9]

Organisation[edit | edit source]

Just before its disbandment as a result of the initial Army 2020 reforms the regiment had the following structure:

Structure upon reformation:

  • Regimental Headquarters and Command Troop[10]
  • 64 Headquarters and Support Squadron[11]
  • C-CBRN Reconnaissance and Exploitation Teams[12]
  • 42 Field Squadron (C-CBRN)[13]
  • 77 Field Squadron (C-CBRN)[14], at [./https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Barracks Rock Barracks, Woodbridge][15]
  • Falcon Squadron (NRBC Reconnaissance and Surveillance), Royal Tank Regiment (attached, includes its own REME detachment)[16]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Corps Of Royal Engineers: Organization and Units 1889—2018. pp. 226. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Royal Engineers - 28 Engineer Regiment". 5 March 2019. https://web.archive.org/web/20071009040637/http://www.army.mod.uk/royalengineers/org/28regt/history/index.htm. 
  3. "Royal Engineers - 28 Engineer Regiment". 20 February 2019. https://web.archive.org/web/20050208034941/http://www.army.mod.uk/royalengineers/org/28regt/index.htm. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Corps Of Royal Engineers: Organization and Units 1889—2018. pp. 270–271. 
  5. "28 Engr Regt - British Army Website". https://web.archive.org/web/20130118054854/http://army.mod.uk/royalengineers/units/28647.aspx. 
  6. Nicholls, Dominic (1 March 2019). "Defence base closures abandoned after 'clear eyed assessment of the rapidly changing threats'". Daily Telegraph. UK. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/01/defence-base-closures-abandoned-clear-eyed-assessment-rapidly/. 
  7. "Force Troops Command Handbook". https://www.army.mod.uk/umbraco/Surface/Download/Get/10550. Retrieved 31 March 2019. 
  8. "Minutes Of The 130th Meeting Of The Management Committee Of The Royal Engineers Association, Held In The Red Roon, Chetwynd Barracks Chilwell, On Thursday 17th January 2019". https://www.reahq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/190130-ig-Management-Cttee-Minutes-KK.pdf. Retrieved 31 March 2019. 
  9. https://www.forces.net/news/services/army/army-now-commands-chemical-biological-radiological-and-nuclear-team
  10. "Command Tp go back to basics in preparation for upcoming Unit Exercises and Class 1 courses.". 16 September 2020. https://twitter.com/28EngrRegt/status/1306251476965130242. 
  11. "64 HQ and Sp Sqn listening to the 8X annual conference". 9 July 2020. https://twitter.com/28EngrRegt/status/1281202347570597888. 
  12. "A demanding week of training, with increasing mission complexity, The C-CBRN Recce and Exploitation Teams of 28 Engr Regt continue to hne the skills. Sunday will bring their most challenging mission to date.". 17 October 2020. https://twitter.com/28EngrRegt/status/1317419803636793344. 
  13. "Honoured to attend the activation of the latest addition to the British Army Orbat. 42 Fd Sqn 28EngrRegt who will provide additional specialist C-CBRN capability to field army.". 27 November 2020. https://twitter.com/29eod/status/1332446699021881348. 
  14. [https://twitter.com/28EngrRegt/status/1269230659156967424 "76 years ago, Allied Forces were taking part in 'The most difficult and complicated operation ever to take place'. 77 Fd Sqn (C-CBRN) descendants of 77 Assault Squadron RE, were in Normandy last year studying the campaign and honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice."]. 6 June 2020. https://twitter.com/28EngrRegt/status/1269230659156967424. 
  15. "77 Fd Sqn (C-CBRN)". July 2018. https://twitter.com/Sqn77. 
  16. TV, Forces (2 July 2019). "Falcon Squadron: Meet The British Army's Chemical Hazard Team | Forces TV". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpiJXdImFcs. 

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