Note: Joint CBRN Regiment: No 27 Squadron RAF Regiment provides some of
the 244 personnel of the Joint CBRN Regiment alongside two squadrons of
the Royal Tank Regiment all of whom are stationed at Honington.
In a restructuring announcement in March 2006 it was announced
that rapidly deployable RAF Force Protection elements were being
enhanced by integrating elements of the RAF Regiment, RAF Police,
Intelligence and Support to deliver a full range of capability from
policing and security (including dogs) to close combat. There are RAF
Force Protection units at Coningsby, Leuchars, Leeming, Lossiemouth,
Lyneham, Marham and Wittering.
Specialist RAF Regiment training for
gunners is given at the RAF Regiment Depot at Honington. On completion
of training at the RAF College Cranwell officers also undergo further
specialist training at RAF Honington and, in some cases, the School of
Infantry at Warminster in Wiltshire.
The RAF Regiment also mans the Queen's Colour Squadron (QCS) which
undertakes all major ceremonial duties for the Royal Air Force. These
duties involve mounting the Guard at Buckingham Palace on an occasional
basis, and providing Guards of Honour for visiting Heads of State. The
Queen's Colour Squadron also has a war role as a field squadron.
The regiment is not alone in defending any RAF station. Every airman
based at a station has a ground defence role and is trained to defend
his place of work against ground attack and attack by NBC weapons.
Training for this is given by RAF Regiment instructors who provide
courses at station level for all personnel on various aspects of ground