British Army Corps of Royal Engineers 59 Commando Engineer Squadron on Exercise Joint Warrior 2018 view from RFA Lyme Bay (Crown Copyright, 2018) [880]

Commando Engineers on Joint Warrior 18

59 Commando Squadron on Multinational Exercise in Scotland

Soldiers from the British Army’s 59 Commando Squadron are supporting 40 Commando during Exercise Joint Warrior 2018. 24 Commando Engineer Regiment’s 59 Commando Squadron is part of the Lead Commando Group, held at Very High Readiness to provide close combat engineering support to 40 Commando, the Royal Marines (3 Commando Brigade).

Based at RMB Chivenor in Devon, the commando engineers embarked on RFA Lyme Bay with Joint Enablers from 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic) on April 17 ahead of Joint Warrior’s start on April 21.

The soldiers kept themselves busy with physical exercise, boxing, low-level traing and kit preparation. “Life on ship as the Embarked Military force is all about disciple, routine and communication,” according to the Squadron Twitter account.

Training included the wader package, involving Offshore Raiding Craft capsize drills in chilly Scottish waters of only 6 degrees. Surface manoeuvre elements of the wader package saw the engineers practising with the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC).

Other Royal Engineers involved in Joint Warrior 18 include airborne sappers 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment, this year celebrating 15 years since formation in 2003. 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment is part of 16 Air Assault Brigade.

Image: A photograph by 59 Commando Squadron showing the view from RFA Lyme Bay during Exercise Joint Warrior 18 (Crown Copyright, 2018).