HRH Duke of Edinburgh visits MOD Abbey Wood in Bristol
As Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), His Royal Highness had the opportunity to find out how REME personnel work amongst their 11,000 DE&S civilian and military colleagues to deliver world- leading equipment and support to the UK Armed Forces.
During the event, hosted by the Chief Executive Officer, Tony Douglas, and Chief of Materiel (Land), Lieutenant General Paul Jaques, the Duke of Edinburgh observed the REME-operated Recovery variant of the British Army’s next generation AJAX vehicle.
The new armoured vehicle, which will be assembled by General Dynamics in Merthyr Tydfil, will provide enhanced intelligence, surveillance and protection capabilities to the British Army and has secured thousands of jobs across the UK.
His Royal Highness also saw the innovative Explosive Ordnance Disposal robots, which help troops to detonate explosive devices safely, and visited the Dismounted Close Combat stand, which showcased the progress that has been made in soldiers’ protective clothing since operations in Iraq right through to the recent launch of the new Virtus body armour system.
Speaking at the event, Lieutenant General Paul Jaques, the British Army’s most senior serving REME officer, said:
“It is a great honour and privilege to welcome our Colonel-in-Chief to DE&S and to have the opportunity to showcase how REME officers and soldiers, alongside their military and civilian counterparts, are delivering world-class equipment and support to defence.”
DE&S is no stranger to Royal visitors; the site was opened by HRH The Queen in July 1996 and since then, Prince Andrew has also visited in his capacity as a Royal Naval officer.