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20 Works Group RE (Air Support)

A Russian Blackjack nuclear bomber intercepted by the RAF's Quick Reaction Force within UK airspace

The 20 Works Group Royal Engineers (Air Support) sits within 12 (Force Support) Engineer Group and delivers specialist infrastructure engineering to the Air, Land, Logistic, Maritime and Special Forces Components within the Land environment in order to support theatre entry, sustained operations and recovery.

The Works Group primary focus is the delivery of Infrastructure Support to the RAF both in the UK and on operational deployments. The Works Group is made up of five Specialist Teams Royal Engineers (STREs). Four of these teams sit on RAF Main Operating Bases in the East of the country. They are at readiness to deploy and provide resilience to the fifth Very High Readiness Team. On a day to day basis they gain valuable infrastructure experience whilst working with the RAF. Their remit is to ensure that the infrastructure on their Main Operating Base is maintained to support the operational missions of the various air stations, such as the Quick Reaction Force which protects the UK air space from unauthorised entry.

The group’s 5th STRE is located at RAF Wittering and is permanently on a heightened state of Readiness in order to deploy anywhere in the world at very short notice. Its role is to activate and enable Deployed Operating Bases for Air and Aviation operations.

 As infrastructure specialists we delivery the following key capabilities:

  • Design Consultancy 
  • Programme and Project Management 
  • Contract Management 
  •  Facilities Management 
  • Specialist Maintenance (Power, Fuel, Heating and Refrigeration)

In relation to supporting the Air and Aviation Component on operations we look to plan, assess, design and procure expeditionary solutions to the ‘big 6’ infrastructure components of an airfield. The ‘Big 6’ comprise of :

  • Air Operating Surfaces
  • Fuel Storage
  • Ammunition Storage
  • Technical Accommodation
  • Domestic Accommodation
  • Force Protection


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