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28 Engineer Regiment (United Kingdom)

28 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers is an engineer regiment of the British Army.

28 Engineer Regiment
Active1951 - 1957
1970 - 2014
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
TypeRegiment
RoleCounter-CBRN regiment
Part ofRoyal Engineers
Garrison/HQRock Barracks, Suffolk and RAF Honington

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HistoryEdit

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][3][2] 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.[4][2]

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.[4][2]

ReformationEdit

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]

OrganisationEdit

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

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Corps Of Royal Engineers: Organization and Units 1889—2018. p. 226.
  2. ^ a b c d "Royal Engineers - 28 Engineer Regiment". army.mod.uk. 5 March 2019. Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Royal Engineers - 28 Engineer Regiment". army.mod.uk. 20 February 2019. Archived from the original on 8 February 2005. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b The Corps Of Royal Engineers: Organization and Units 1889—2018. pp. 270–271.
  5. ^ "28 Engr Regt - British Army Website". army.mod.uk. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  6. ^ Nicholls, Dominic (1 March 2019). "Defence base closures abandoned after 'clear eyed assessment of the rapidly changing threats'". Daily Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Force Troops Command Handbook". 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" (PDF). Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  9. ^ https://www.forces.net/news/services/army/army-now-commands-chemical-biological-radiological-and-nuclear-team

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