13 Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers

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13th Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers
Active As 13 Field Squadron - 1 July 1912 – Present
Country Australia
Allegiance Australian Army
Branch Australian Army Reserve
Type Military Engineering
Garrison/HQ Karrakatta
Mascot 'Little Red Devil'

13 Field Squadron is a Reserve unit of the Royal Australian Engineers of the Australian Army. 13 Field Squadron provide the combat engineering capability of the Western Australia based reserve 13th Brigade.

History[edit]

13 Field Squadron trace their origins to the 7th Field Company formed in 1907. In 1909 it was renamed the 4th Field Company and changed again to the 6th Field Company in 1910, and finally the 13th Field Company on 1 July 1912. The unit's first major operation was constructing a suspension bridge over the Helena River at Guildford in Western Australia. The Company was not deployed during the First World War, although 100 of its personnel were attached to the First Australian Imperial Force and served at Gallipoli with the 2nd Field Company and in Palestine and France with the 6th Field Company.

In the Second World War the Company served in Darwin in March 1943 before being deployed to New Britain in October 1944, where its major assignment was the construction of a 10,000 ton jetty. It was disbanded after the war in 1946 until it was reraised as the 13th Field Squadron, Citizens Military Force (the precursor to the Army Reserve). It adopted the mascot of a 'little red devil' in the early 1960s, and was made part of the 13th Brigade on 1 February 1988.

Structure[edit]

The 13 Field Squadron is structured with two combat engineer troops, a training troop and a support troop.

  • 1 Troop (Combat Engineers)
  • 2 Troop (Training Troop)
  • 3 Troop (Combat Engineers)
  • Support Troop (Includes carpenters, clerks, cooks, drivers and other support and engineering personnel)

The Squadron's primary role is to provide support to the elements of 13th Brigade, most often the Royal Western Australia Regiment.

References[edit]

  • Australian Army [1] 13 Field Squadron's official website