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The British Army's Military Engineers

39 Engineer Regiment

Our regiment is unique

We provide engineering and technical support to both the British Army and the Royal Air Force (RAF). Our Sappers are multi skilled and the only Regular Army regiment able to focus on providing ground based support to the air components of the Armed Forces.

Facts & Figures


Active From

June 1977






Air Support

Our People

Our operational commitments require a multi-talented workforce of trade persons and combat engineer specialists across all fields.

We pride ourselves on being able to successfully operate in demanding situations and tough environments.


Lt Col Walker
Lieutenant Colonel Walker - Commanding Officer

Our Skills

We offer specialist Air Support engineering, as well as a composite of combat engineer and artisan trade skills. Therefore, making the Regiment a versatile, flexible and highly deployable asset to the RAF and British Army.

We are regularly called upon to support UK operational commitments, in a construction based capacity.

Our Skills

  • Specialist Air Support engineering
  • Artisan trade personnel
  • Deployable workshop capability
  • Combat engineer personnel
  • Dive capability


Current Deployments

  • Project Anemoi - Falkland Islands

Construction tasks on the beautiful South Atlantic island.

Previous Deployments

  • Op TRENTON - South Sudan
  • Op HERRICK - Afghanistan

Our Location

Kinloss Barracks is situated on the Moray Coast three miles from the town of Forres, between Inverness and Elgin. Inverness international airport (23 miles), Forres railway station and local bus services provide good transport links.

The area is famous for its whisky, golf and miles of sandy beaches. There are innumerable activities and easy access to the stunning natural landscape; here you could be surfing in the morning and skiing in the Cairngorms after lunch.

Our Location

I joined to do something that matters Sapper Smith - 39 Engineer Regiment

39 Engineer Regiment Capabilities

The regiment provides Force Support engineering to both the Royal Air Force (RAF) and to the British Army. The lead air support squadron is equipped to offer specialist air support engineering as well as a composite of combat engineer and artisan trade skills making it a versatile, flexible and highly employable Force Support asset.

Additionally, with the capabilities provided by our dive team, who are trained alongside the Royal Navy's divers, we can carry out underwater tasks such as reconnaissance, demolition, construction and concreting.

As the regiment is so 'construction centric' we are regularly called upon to support operational commitments, both in the UK and abroad.

39 Engineer Regiment Timeline

In 1977 Headquarter Royal Engineer Airfields was renamed 39 Engineer Regiment. The regiment became responsible for providing engineering support to the RAF. With the growing demands of Army aviation, the regiment now provides ground based support to both Army and RAF components, as well as being responsible for providing specialist ground support to the Army.

  1. 2003

    Op RESONITE - South Oman

  2. 2004

    Op TELIC - Iraq

  3. 2010

    Op HERRICK - Afghanistan

  4. 2014

    Op GRITROCK - West Africa

  5. 2017

    Op TRENTON - South Sudan

  6. 2018

    Op NEWCOMBE - Mali


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