Counter Chemical Team To Come Under Army Control

Posted on April 2, 2019

The team’s skills played a key role in decontaminating Salisbury following the attack with the nerve agent Novichok last year.

An estimated 600-800 specially trained military personnel, including the Joint CBRN Task Force, were involved in the clean-up, named ‘Operation Morlop’.

28 Engineer Regiment has been re-formed to become the lead for counter Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear activity from Monday.

It will work with Falcon Squadron and the RAF’s CBRN specialists at 27 Flight based at RAF Honington. Falcon Squadron are the British Army’s only mounted counter-CBRN unit and are a sub-unit of 22 Engineer Regiment.

The move has been in progress since the Strategic Defence Review of 2015 concluded that a chemical attack was more likely to be ground-based and as such counter-CBRN should be commanded by the Army.

The importance of a counter-CBRN capability has been highlighted both in the conflict in Syria and the Salisbury attack in the UK.

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