Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited service personnel and families at RAF Lossiemouth as well as those of 39 Engineer Regiment today at Kinloss Barracks in Moray.
39 Engineer Regiment moved to Kinloss Barracks, Morayshire from Waterbeach near Cambridge in 2012 under Army restructuring. The Regiment currently provides engineering support to service personnel on operations abroad and in the UK and is regularly involved in tasks supporting the local community.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were received by 39 Engineer Regiment’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Tom Marsden and a Guard of Honour. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh then met with families and service personnel before a private luncheon.
Lieutenant Colonel Tom Marsden said: “The Regiment is very grateful for Her Majesty The Queen taking time out of her busy schedule to visit the Regimental family in their relatively new home in Kinloss. We are also pleased that The Duke of Edinburgh, who has a long association with the barracks and the region, was able to accompany Her Majesty.
“The Regiment has been very busy this year with soldiers deployed to Chad, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, The Falkland Islands, Kenya and the Middle East. We have also provided soldiers to assist with flood relief in Dorset and Somerset as well as the Normandy 70 commemorations in Arromanches.
“Following such a busy time the families and soldiers very much appreciate the warm and heartfelt support of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.”
The unit currently consists of 3 Field Squadrons, 1 Headquarter Squadron, 1 Field Support Squadron and Royal Mechanical and Mechanical Engineering workshops and is permanently at a high readiness to move anywhere in the world in support of UK operations.
Operations in recent years have seen troops deployed to the Ivory Coast, Iraq, Kuwait, Ascension Island, Northern Ireland, Oman and Qatar. It was notably involved with the initial construction of Camp Bastion in Afghanistan during 2005.