Royal Engineers

Commando Engineers

24 Commando Engineer Regiment and 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers (V) provide integral engineer support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines

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This support is vital to ensure the Brigade's mobility and protection as well as fulfilling a number of other tasks.

24 Commando Engineer Regiment is based at Royal Marines Base Chivenor in North Devon and was expanded from the existing 59 Independent Commando Squadron to form a Regiment in 2008. The Regiment consists of 54 Headquarters & Support Squadron and 59 Commando Engineer Squadron. 54 HQ & Sp Sqn includes a reconnaissance troop, a support troop, a signals troop a motor transport section, a resource cell, a training team and a construction supervision cell.

59 Commando Engineer Squadron is made up of 3 field troops and a support troop. 59 Independent Commando Squadron was originally formed at Chatham in 1900 as 59 Field Company. It served with the Brigade in the Far East as 59 Field Squadron before reforming in Plymouth in 1971 as 59 Independent Commando Squadron.

The Regiment is responsible for all engineer tasks in the Brigade forward area. This includes route maintenance, bridging, water supply, electricity supply construction of field defences and structures, demolition tasks and mine clearance. As well as possessing a large number of skilled craftsmen, the Regiment also has a variety of plant machinery and other equipment. This gives the Unit the capability to tackle almost any form of construction or demolition.

Additionally, the Regiment also has a diving team, trained to conduct sub-surface engineering tasks as well as survey rivers and beaches in order to identify their suitability for bridging. The Unit is trained to operate everywhere in support of 3 Commando Brigade. This means regular Arctic training as well as jungle and desert climates focusing on amphibious operations. Essentially the Regiment allows the Brigade to five fight and move.

What is 131 Independent Commando Squadron RE (V)? The TA unit is the sister Squadron to 24 Commando Engineer Regiment and conducts all the same tasks that are expected of the Regiment. The Squadron frequently deploys on tasks with or to support the Regular Forces in both the UK and abroad. In recent years the Squadron deployed personnel to Iraq, Afghanistan, Oman, USA, Norway, France, Malawi, the Falkland Islands, Romania and Egypt on exercises and training with 3 Commando Brigade units.

The Squadron has worked hard to build up the reputation of a TA unit second to none with a professional approach to part time soldiering. Its personnel have earned the respect of their regular counter parts with many former Regular soldiers joining the Squadron.

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When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Marines come in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

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