Unit History: Joint NBC Regiment
The Joint CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) Regiment was formed on 1 April 1999 as the Joint NBC Regiment, from a stated recommendation in the Strategic Defence Review for an operational unit to support deployed forces of the British military in NBC defence and assistance. In 2005, following the addition of radiological weapons to its remit, the NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) designation changed to CBRN, with the result that the regiment’s name was changed.
Elements of the Joint CBRN Regiment have since operated in this role in Kuwait, Iraq (on Operation Telic, in which the Royal Yeomanry squadrons combined into a single unit named Y Squadron) and Afghanistan. The Regiment also participated in the domestic UK foot and mouth disease crisis of 2001. The Regiment has contributed to operations world-wide every year since its formation.
The Joint CBRN Regiment is based in RAF Honington in Suffolk, England.
More recently, and thankfully for them, No 27 Sqn RAF Regt has escaped the clutches of the Army, and returned to its Field Role.