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24 Commando Regiment Royal Engineers (24 CDO REGT RE)

Formed in 2008, the British Army's 24 Commando Regiment Royal Engineers form a key part of 3 Commando Brigade. Their main role is to provide combat engineering support to the brigade. This includes the construction or destruction of fortifications, bridges and roads, the laying and clearing of mines and neutralizing IEDs. The Sappers of 24 CDO REGT RE go through full commando training, including the All Arms Commando Course, and can be drawn on to perform the traditional infantry role.

24 Commando Regiment Organization

The Regiment, manned by around 543 Officers and Soldiers consists of 3 squadrons

  • 54 Commando Headquarters and Support Squadron
  • 56 Commando Field Squadron
  • 59 Commando Field Squadron

A territorial element, 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers, is affiliated with 24 Commando Regiment.

The newly-formed regiment takes over the roles previously fulfilled by 59 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers, the ranks of which formed the core of 24 Commando.

24 Commando Regiment Training

Following a preparation course, 24 CDO REGT personnel undergo the All Arms Commando Course, on successfully completion of which they are able to wear the coveted green beret

24 Commando Royal Engineers
A 24 Commando Regiment soldier (right) working alongside Royal Marines during Operation Sond Chara, Helmand Province, late 2008. Note the 'Army Commando' shoulder titles, red commando dagger insignia and Royal Engineers tactical recognition flash. Commando Engineers in Afghanistan have assisted 3 CDO BDE in many ways - from constructing defences to blowing entry holes in compound walls.
US DoD photo : Cpl. John Rafoss

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