who we are

Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

REME exists to ‘keep the punch in the Army’s fist’

Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) is everywhere the British Army is. From maintaining helicopters, to recovering tanks and repairing the Army's weapons, REME ensure that the Army's equipment is ready to use wherever or whenever it is needed.

Facts & Figures


Formed on

1st October 1942



Maintain, Repair, Recover, Advise



Professional Engineers

Our Skills

REME is a professional engineering Corps, responsible for ensuring that the Army's equipment is ready to use wherever or whenever it is needed. Our people are engineering leaders and all have a route to professional engineering accreditation. Our soldier trades are:

  • Armourer
  • Recovery Mechanic
  • Avionics Technician
  • Electronics Technician
  • Metalsmith
  • Vehicle Mechanic
  • Aircraft Technician
  • Technical Support Specialist

Our People

REME invests in its people.  They achieve incredible things as a result of their training and the sense of belonging that comes with being part of the REME family. Their mix of leadership, engineering and military skills set them apart.

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Colonel Clare Philips - Colonel REME
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Colonel Mark Simpson - Colonel REME (Reserves)
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WO1 Paul Hembery - Corps ASM

Our Location

REME exist within all parts of the British Army, attached to all Operations, Exercises and units across the globe. RHQ REME is based at MOD Lyneham – also home to the Defence School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (part of the Defence College of Technical Training).

RHQ REME, The Prince Philip Barracks, Lyneham, Chippenham, SN15 4XX

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There aren’t many jobs in the Army that give you this level of qualification Sgt Becky Hoare, 27

Our Role

The Corps of REME is the Army’s professional engineers, we are tasked with the maintenance, recovery, repair and manufacture that keeps battle winning equipment in fighting order.

From repairing Challenger tanks at the forefront of the battle, through ensuring weapons keep firing, to maintaining the Apache Attack Helicopter, REME keeps up to date with the latest in advanced technologies and complex equipment.

Our people are making engineering decisions on a daily basis that can lead to the success of the mission. They all have a direct route to professional engineering accreditation that ensures we invest in our people and deliver our role.

The Corps of REME is known as being forged in the heat of battle. During the Battle of El Alamein in its earliest days, the Corps ensured that over 1000 tanks were ready to join the fight. Since then, the Corps has evolved to lead as the forefront of engineering for the Army, and the engineering industry as a whole.

  1. 1942

    Forged in the heat of battle during the Battle of El Alamein

  2. 1945

    Maj. Ivan Hurst (REME) takes charge of the Volkswagen factory in Germany, helping form the Volkswagen brand known today

  3. 1976

    Sgt Jim Fox (REME) receives Gold in Olympic Pentathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games.

  4. 2011

    REME work with Bloodhound SSC to build the world-record fastest car

  5. 2016

    RHQ REME move to its new home at The Prince Philip Barracks, MOD Lyneham

The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Explore our equipment

Challenger Armoured Repair & Recovery Vehicle

CRARRV A highly evolved armoured vehicle designed to recover and repair damaged tanks on the battlefield.

Engineering equipment

Apache Attack Helicopter

Elite Fleet The Apache attack helicopter can operate in all weathers, day or night and detect, classify and prioritise up to 256 potential targets in a matter of seconds.


Bulldog & FV430 series

409 Bulldog & FV430 series currently in active service

Combat vehicles


388 Warrior infantry fighting vehicles currently in active service

Combat vehicles

Desert Hawk

'over the hill' view Desert Hawk is an extremely versatile and small Unmanned Aerial System designed for discrete operations

Artillery and air defence

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British Army Celebrates International Women in Engineering Day

As part of its wider celebrations in this Year of Engineering, the British Army is celebrating International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June.

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Training in Canada

Exercise Prairie Storm is a 35 day exercise on the BATUS (British Army Training Unit Suffield) training area in Canada, and prepares soldiers and officers for future deployments.


Year of Engineering

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