Based at Swinton Barracks in Perham Down, near Tidworth, 22 Engineer Regiment provides Engineer Close Support to 1 Mechanized 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.
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Light Aid Detachment.
Each Armoured Engineer Squadron provides close engineer support to the battle groups within 1 Mechanised Brigade, predominantly with the TITAN bridge layer and the TROJAN Armoured Engineer vehicles and Combat Engineer sections.
This capability enables the battle groups to move, live 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.
In 2012, 22 Engineer Regiment will deploy on exercise to Kenya in support of the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and twice to Canada in support of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment battle group and the 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers battle group. These exercises are part of the Regiment's preparations for a deployment to Afghanistan in support of 1 Mechanised Brigade in 2013.
All the Armoured Engineer Squadrons deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, working across the Helmand province in support of ISAF in a number of different roles which included route proving and clearance, working as part of the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, as part of Armoured Support Groups as well as providing intimate engineer support to infantry patrols and utilisng their artisan skills to build, upgrade and maintain Forward Operating Bases to enable the combat elements to live and fight.
6 Headquarters and Support Squadron also deployed on a construction tour to Cyprus in the last 3 months of 2011 to build a reception centre for troops that transit through Cyprus on their return home from operations in Afghanistan. They managed to combine this with a diving exercise to allow members of the Regiment's diving team to practice their skills.
Sport, Adventure Training and other opportunities
The Regiment has a good sporting ethos, with teams regularly competing in rugby, football, boxing, golf, cross country, swimming and volleyball. Members of the Regiment have been successful at representing the Army in football, rugby, power lifting and martial arts. Of particular note, the Regiment has had a very successful boxing season so far, making it to the Army semi-finals.
A large contingent from the Regiment spent the end of January and the beginning of February 2012 on a Regimental Alpine Skiing Exercise in Tignes. The Regiment also managed to field a team in the grueling sport of Nordic and Biathlon Skiing between November 2011 to February 2012, with members going on to compete in the Army Championships in Germany. Closer to home, adventurous training activates have been conducted in Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons, in Wales. The Regiment has also taken part in offshore sailing in the English Channel.
As part of the further education of the officers and soldiers within the Regiment, battlefield studies of the Second World War have been undertaken in Normandy and Slovakia.