The British Army's Military Engineers

28 Engineer Regiment (C-CBRN)

Providing Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (C-CBRN) support

We provide specialist C-CBRN support to UK Defence, including point and area reconnaissance for CBRN hazards including lethal nerve agents such as Sarin and VX, biological agents such as Anthrax and potentially hazardous radiological sources.

FACTS & FIGURES

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ACTIVE FROM

1 April 2019

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ROLE

Combat Support

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SPECIALISM

C-CBRN

Our Skills

We provide C-CBRN capabilities to support Defence activities and operations around the world.

  • Dismounted reconnaissance and exploitation of CBRN hazards.
  • Mounted area survey and reconnaissance of CBRN hazards.
  • Wide-area biological surveillance and identification.
  • Hazard management involving post-attack activity to contain and mitigate the CBRN threat.

Current Deployments

Operation TAPESTRY

28 Engineer Regiment (C-CBRN) are tasked with providing specialist Decontamination capabilities to members of the Technical Response Force in the event of a CBRN incident on UK Mainland.

 

Past deployments

  • Iraq - Operation TELIC
  • Afghanistan - Operation HERRICK

OUR LOCATION

RAF Honington, Bury St Edmunds

Headquarters 28 Engineer Regiment (C-CBRN) is currently based at RAF Honington near Bury St Edmunds.

In 2024 the Headquarters will move to col-locate with 42 and 77 Field Squadrons (C-CBRN) at Rock Barracks, Woodbridge.

FALCON Area Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron are, and will remain, based at Warminster on the outskirts of Salisbury Plain Training Area.

See on Google Maps

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What we do

RECCE We confirm presence or absence of hazards to enable manoeuvre.
SURVEILLANCE We systematically observe the aerospace, surface or subsurface areas, places or persons.
SURVEY Our teams conduct CBRN survey, which determines the nature and degree of CBRN hazards in an area.
MONITORING CBRN Monitoring is the continuous or periodic process of determining whether a CBRN hazard is present.
SAMPLING The retrieval for analysis of either material known or suspected to having been employed or that could be used in a CBRN incident.
ID Identification (CBRN) is the determination of the identity of an agent or material that is related to a CBRN incident.

Timeline

On 3 May 1915 the British Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, authorised the preparation of measures to retaliate against the German use of poison gas. Since that time, the Royal Engineers and the Royal Air Force have been responsible for providing C-CBRN capabilities on behalf of Defence.

  1. April 1915

    The first instance of chemical warfare, German forces deploy Chlorine gas.

  2. September 1915

    The Special Brigade Royal Engineers was formed to conduct chemical warfare operations.

  3. 1942

    The Army relinquishes responsibility for chemical warfare operations to the RAF.

  4. 1999

    The Joint NBC Regiment is established at RAF Honington under command of No. 2 Group (RAF).

  5. 2011

    The Joint CBRN Regiment is disbanded, CBRN capabilities are transferred to the RAF Regiment.

  6. 2019

    28 Engineer Regiment (C-CBRN) is formed to deliver specialist C-CBRN outputs for Defence.

Our locations

  • Headquarters

    RAF Honington, Bury St Edmunds

  • 77 and 42 Field Squadrons

    Rock Barracks, Woodbridge

  • FALCON Squadron

    Harman Lines, Warminster

Our equipment

FUCHS

CBRN FUCHS is able to detect Chemical, Radiological and Nuclear hazards through Area Survey and Reconnaissance

Reconnaissance vehicles