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29 EOD & Search Gp

29 EOD & Search Group Headquarters supports Land Command by providing EOD, Search and Military Working Dog advice and/or force elements for operations, both within the UK and deployed, as directed.

29 Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) & Search Group are one of three groups, which form 8 Force Engineer Brigade. The other groups provide Air and Infrastructure support. 29 EOD & Search Group provide (EOD) and Search force elements for operations.

This is delivered by four units, 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD), 101 Engineer Regiment (EOD) both based in Wimbish and both of whom have Territorial subunits distributed around London and the South East. 11 EOD Regiment Royal Logistic Corps that has headquarters in Didcot but is distributed nationally and 1 Military Working Dog Regiment based in Sennelager, Germany with Squadrons in the UK.

The 29 EOD & Search Group Staff HeadQuarters consist of 20 Staff Officers, Warrant Officers and Non Commissioned Officers based in Buller Barracks, Aldershot.

29 EOD & Search Group is a diverse organization that is primarily focused on delivering force elements for operations through the force generation and force preparation processes. The Headquarters also assists the Land EOD & Search Branch in developing the Army EOD, Search and Military Working Dog capability. In addition the Headquarters is deployable, either as individuals or in its entirety for EOD & Search support to operations at home or abroad.

Operational Role

29 EOD & Search Group are almost unique within the British Army as they permanently provide force elements to operations, both at home and away. The HQs operational role is to provide a command node in support of operations within the UK under Military Aid to Civilian Powers as required. The deployed operational role sees the HQ carrying out the force generation process of the Counter Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) Taskforce, as well as its collective training as preparation for operations in Afghanistan.

The Group maintains the Joint Service EOD Operations Centre which coordinates all EOD operations within the UK in support of the Civil Authorities.

29 EOD & Search Group Units and Responsibilities.

33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) is responsible for providing the Army with an EOD & Search capability. For deployed operations and as a contingency force, the Regiment provides EOD & Search teams to work closely with Combat, Combat Support and Combat Service Support units by giving intimate EOD & Search support. Within the UK, EOD & Search teams are used on a wide range of operations and tasks which includes an underwater EOD capability for inshore waterways and a deep buried bomb disposal capability. The Regiment is made up of both Regular and Territorial units.

101 Engr Regt (EOD) is the sister Regiment to 33 Engr Regt (EOD). It has the same capabilities providing the Army with an EOD & Search capability. The Regiment deploys EOD & Search teams to work closely with Combat, Combat Support and Combat Service Support units by giving intimate EOD & Search support on deployed operations. Within the UK, EOD & Search teams are used on a wide range of operations and tasks which includes an underwater EOD capability for inshore waterways and a deep buried bomb disposal capability. The Regiment is made up of both Regular and Territorial units.

11 EOD Regt RLC provides the Army with an Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) capability and a deployable ammunition management capability. The IEDD teams provide the Army with an ability to safely remove and, if appropriate, exploit Improvised Explosive Devices that have been emplaced to restrict the freedom of action of our forces on deployed operations. For UK operations the IEDD role is in support of the Police and is undertaken by subordinate units geographically spread to give a national coverage. The ammunition management capability ensures that ammunition and missiles are stored correctly to ensure that they work effectively when they are called upon for combat.

1 Military Working Dog Regiment provides the Army with Military Working Dogs, dog trainers/handlers and command nodes for operations. The Regiment provides protection dogs, providing Vehicle Search at the gates of a forward operating base to deter and detect enemy activities, through to patrol dogs that are able to deter enemy activity as a non-lethal force. They also provide detection dogs that are used to search for and find personnel, weapons, explosives and IEDs often in support of the Search and EOD teams from the other Regiments within the Group. These capabilities are used in the offensive and defensive roles on operations.

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