23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) (United Kingdom)

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23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) is a Royal Engineers regiment in the British Army that was formed in 2003. It provides engineer support to 16 Air Assault Brigade in both the parachute and air assault role. The regiment is currently based at Rock Barracks just outside Woodbridge in Suffolk and consists of three regular squadrons. As part of 16 Air Assault Brigade it can be called upon to deploy on operations across the globe.[1] In September 2009 on their return from Afghanistan the regiment was granted the freedom of the town of Woodbridge.[2]

Formation[edit]

  • 12 (Nova Scotia) Headquarters & Support Squadron (Air Assault). Placed in suspended animation[3]
  • 9 Parachute Squadron (Royal Engineers)
  • 51 Parachute Squadron
  • 299 Parachute Squadron (Royal Engineers) (TA)[4][5] 299 Airborne Field Squadron RE (TA) was formed in 1947 when the Territorial Army was reformed, as part of 131 Airborne Engineer Regiment (TA). The regiment provided engineer support for 16 Airborne Division (TA), which consisted of three brigades - 44, 45 and 46 Parachute Brigades (TA). In addition to 299 Squadron, 131 Regiment also consisted of 300, 301 and 302 Airborne Field Squadrons and Regimental Headquarters (RHQ). This squadron will be under 21 Engineer Regiment in Army 2020.[6]

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