The Regiment consists of the following sub-units:
38 Headquarters and Support Squadron
8 Armoured Engineer Squadron
30 Armoured Engineer Squadron
33 Armoured Engineer Squadron.
Role and Characteristics
The role of 26 Engineer Regiment is to provide timely and effective mobility, counter mobility and survivability support to the Kings
Royal Hussars, 1 York’s, Royal Lancers, 1 Royal Welsh and 1 Scots Guards battle groups. This is conducted using three key signature armoured engineer vehicles, TITAN bridge layer, TROJAN
armoured engineer vehicle and TERRIER combat engineer tractor. The Regiment supports these battle groups in three key ways;
Live – through the provision of domestic and working accommodation with the necessary level of utilities (power, water, fuel,
Move – supporting a force’s mobility by road, rail, air or sea, thereby enabling manoeuvre including on the
Fight – assist forces to fight such as reducing the enemy’s freedom of manoeuvre (i.e. counter-mobility
Regimental Exercises and Deployments
At the beginning of 2015 the Regiment deployed on Exercise TRACTABLE and the Combined Arms Demonstrations which are two components of
the validation of the Readiness Brigade. Exercise TRACTABLE 15 was a divisional deployment exercise designed to test the ability of the Lead Armour Task Force (LATF), comprising units from 12th
Armoured Infantry Brigade, to deploy from barracks via a centralised mounting centre (Ludgershall), to air and sea points of embarkation. It saw the movement of around 1800 personnel and
approximately 730 vehicles, including heavy armour. The exercise was designed to satisfy commanders that readiness states have been achieved and rehearse an actual deployment as part of keeping
that readiness state in a good condition.
Each Engineer Squadron provides close support to the units within the Adaptive Force, allowing them to live, move and fight within
their area of operations. More specialised capabilities are also held in the Headquarters and Support Squadron, such as a Reconnaissance Troop, Construction Design Cell, Divers, plant vehicles,
and Automotive Bridge Launching Equipment (ABLE) for General Support Bridging (GSB).
Each Armoured Engineer Squadron provides close engineer support to the battle groups within 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade,
predominantly with the use of combat engineer sections and armoured vehicles such as the TITAN, TROJAN and TERRIER.
This capability enables the battle groups to live, move and fight within their area of operations. More specialised capabilities are held in the
headquarters and support squadron, such as reconnaissance, construction design and survey, diving, plant and Automotive Bridge Launching Equipment for the General Support Bridge.
Engineer Regiment is Falcon (AS&R) Squadron. Members of the Royal Tank Regiment, but under command of the Engineer
Regiment, they are a specialist live agent trained, lightly armoured, all wheeled reconnaissance squadron. They are capable of operating at short notice in response to a chemical, radiological or
nuclear disaster at home or abroad, as well as independent ground manoeuvre in contested environments.
Routinely all the squadrons within Engineer Regiment deploy to Canada, Kenya, Jordan or within the UK to train with their respective
battle groups in a combined arms environment. They provide close engineer support to a range of units, including armoured infantry, cavalry and mechanised regiments to enable the battle group
to breach or create obstacles and manoeuvre effectively across the battle space. Ever versatile the Regiment’s training also includes deploying within those regions as a construction force to build
and develop the British Army’s training areas.
As a unit at high readiness, The Engineer Regiment are ready to fight at short notice anywhere across the world, usually in support
of 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade. As a unit within 8 Engineer Brigade the Regiment is also called upon to deploy more broadly as engineer subject matter experts across the world to advise the UN, NATO
or allied armies.2