Countess of Wessex makes first visit to REME as Colonel-in-Chief

Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, has visited the Regimental Headquarters of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) at MOD Lyneham, Wiltshire, in her role as their new Colonel-in-Chief.

It was a great honour to welcome our Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Countess of Wessex for her first visit to Lyneham. This has been a truly special day for the many members of the REME Family who met with and talked to HRH. COLONEL JASON PHILLIPS ADC,
COLONEL, ROYAL ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS

The visit to Prince Philip Barracks marked Her Royal Highness’ first trip to the home of the REME since she received her honorary title as Colonel-in-Chief in March this year, the role previously held for over 50 years by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who was head of the Armed Forces, The Countess of Wessex’s new association will be with the Corps responsible for maintaining the equipment the British Army operates, from vehicles and helicopters to weapons and communications equipment.

Colonel Jason Phillips ADC, Colonel REME, said:

“It was a great honour to welcome our Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Countess of Wessex for her first visit to Lyneham. This has been a truly special day for the many members of the REME Family who met with and talked to HRH. She saw everything from recovery training to avionics repair and additive manufacturing.”

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex’s visit followed a visit of HRH The Earl of Wessex to 2 RIFLES currently based in Estonia, a battalion His Royal Highness is the Colonel-in-Chief.

The visit gave HRH an opportunity to meet officers and soldiers at the Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering (DSEME) and School of Army Aeronautical Engineering (SAAE) where she was introduced to some of the REME trades being taught on site.

Today we’ve been extremely lucky to welcome Her Royal Highness to the Battalion where we’ve demonstrated our peoples’ unique and specialist capabilities. The visit culminated with HRH naming our new home, The Countess of Wessex Lines. LIEUTENANT COLONEL WIGMORE,
Commanding Officer 5 FORCE SUPPORT BATTALION REME

The Countess of Wessex was invited to observe and assist with a vehicle recovery exercise on the training area and a demonstration of how a vehicle is repaired post recovery.

This was followed by a briefing at 5 Force Support (FS) Battalion REME on how the technical training received is translated into operational effect in the Field Army, including advance manufacturing and the use of augmented reality.

To complete the visit, The Countess of Wessex, the Colonel-in-Chief, unveiled a plaque announcing a new name for the REME technical workshops and offices of 5 FS Bn REME to ‘The Countess of Wessex Lines’.

Lieutenant Colonel Edward Wigmore, Commanding Officer, 5 Force Support (FS) Battalion REME, said: 

“Today we’ve been extremely lucky to welcome Her Royal Highness to the Battalion where we’ve demonstrated our peoples’ unique and specialist capabilities. The visit culminated with HRH naming our new home, The Countess of Wessex Lines and completes our unit move to MOD Lyneham, the home of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.”