Design, Resource, Construct
12 (Air Support) Engineer Group (12 (Air Sp) Engr Gp) is organised and equipped to provide all 3 of the critical elements of any engineer task; Design, Resource and Construct.
The primary role of the Group is the provision of military engineer support to Royal Air Force operations and training worldwide. In addition, the Group can provide general engineer support to all UK and Allied military on operations across the spectrum of conflict from peace support to war.
The essential engineer works required to enable a Deployed Operating Base (DOB) for fast jets and helicopters fall under the following six main headings:
Aircraft Operating Surfaces (AOS)
The provision, repair and maintenance of any surface required to traffic aircraft, including aircraft sunshades and shelters. The picture above shows a Harrier under a sunshade at Al Jaber Airbase in Kuwait.
Explosive Storage Areas (ESA)
The provision, repair and maintenance of level bunded storage and weapons preparation areas, covered and open with associated access tracks and lightning protection systems.
The provision, repair and maintenance of accommodation from tents to hard-walled structures including associated services. The picture is of the accommodation at Talil Airbase in Iraq that was constructed for the USAF by 12 (Air Sp) Engr Gp units.
Bulk Fuel Installations (BFI)
The provision, repair and maintenance of bunded fuel storage and distribution systems.
Force Protection Works
The provision, repair and maintenance of a wide range of structures from bunkers to elevated sangars, fencing and vehicle check points.
Shown here are blast barriers separating Harrier aircraft at Al Jaber Airbase in Kuwait.
Operational Technical Accommodation
The provision, repair and maintenance of structures to house technical facilities often including power, water and protection. During hostilities 12 (Air Sp) Engr Gp's role is to ensure that the DOB is able to sustain flying operations. This involves routine maintenance and, following an attack, the Restoration of Essential Services and Facilities (RESF) and the Repair of Aircraft Operating Surfaces (RAOS) including Airfield Damage Repair (ADR).
The tasks of the Royal Engineers are not complete once hostilities cease and extend to the removal or transfer to the Host Nation of infrastructure provided by the UK and remedial works to restore the site to a its pre-occupation condition.
Comd 12 (Air Sp) Engr Gp is to prepare and deliver the Group with supporting capability elements, to provide military engineering support to the Joint Force Air Component (JFAC) and to other Joint Task Force (JTF) components in order to contribute to Air, Aviation and Land operations.
The Group Structure:
HQ 12 (Air Sp) Engr Gp controls various Regiments and Teams responsible for particular activities. These include:
•39 Engineer Regiment
•25 Engineer Regiment
•71 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers)
•73 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers)
•Works Group Royal Engineers (Airfields)