Based at Swinton Barracks in Perham Down, near Tidworth, 22 Engineer Regiment provides Engineer Close Support to 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade.
The Regiment consists of the following units:
- 6 Headquarters and Support Squadron
- 3 Armoured Engineer Squadron
- 5 Armoured Engineer Squadron
- 52 Armoured Engineer Squadron
- Falcon (Area Survey and Reconnaissance) Squadron
- Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Light Aid Detachment
Each Armoured Engineer Squadron provides close engineer support to the battle groups within 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade, predominantly with the use of combat engineer sections and armoured vehicles such as the TITAN, TROJAN and TERRIER.
This capability enables the battle groups to live, move and fight within their area of operations. More specialised capabilities are held in the headquarters and support squadron, such as reconnaissance, construction design and survey, diving, plant and Automotive Bridge Launching Equipment for the General Support Bridge.
Unique to 22 Engineer Regiment is Falcon (AS&R) Squadron. Members of the Royal Tank Regiment, but under command of 22 Engineer Regiment, they are a specialist live agent trained, lightly armoured, all wheeled reconnaissance squadron. They are capable of operating at short notice in response to a chemical, radiological or nuclear disaster at home or abroad, as well as independent ground manoeuvre in contested environments.
Routinely all the squadrons within 22 Engineer Regiment deploy to Canada, Kenya, Jordan or within the UK to train with their respective battle groups in a combined arms environment. They provide close engineer support to a range of units, including armoured infantry, cavalry and mechanised regiments to enable the battle group to breach or create obstacles and manoeuvre effectively across the battle space. Ever versatile the Regiment’s training also includes deploying within those regions as a construction force to build and develop the British Army’s training areas.
As a unit at high readiness, 22 Engineer Regiment are ready to fight at short notice anywhere across the world, usually in support of 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade. As a unit within 8 Engineer Brigade the Regiment is also called upon to deploy more broadly as engineer subject matter experts across the world to advise the UN, NATO or allied armies.
Sport, Adventure Training and other opportunities
22 Engineer Regiment has a strong sporting ethos with teams regularly competing in rugby, football, boxing, golf, cross country, swimming, field gun and volleyball. Members of the Regiment have been successful at representing the Army in football, rugby and martial arts.
The Regiment has also routinely sends teams to field in both Nordic and Biathlon Skiing and Alpine Skiing often going on to compete in the Army Championships in Germany and France. Closer to home, adventurous training opportunities exist in Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, in Wales.