101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) – the Black Cats - formed in 1860 in Knightsbridge. The unit has been at the vanguard of the ‘integrated’ (including both regular and reserve squadrons) Army since 2010.
The Regiment has a strong operational pedigree, having provided Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal teams to neutralize the threat of German bombs during World War II, whilst more recently the Regiment has routinely supported operations in Afghanistan, dealing with the pernicious improvised explosive device (IED).
One of two specialist and deployable Royal Engineer bomb disposal regiments responsible for providing mobility support to the Army’s armoured infantry brigades, we also undertake a wide range of capacity building and training missions around the globe. Core capabilities include: High assurance search, bomb disposal and explosive ordnance clearance and dive trained personnel.
The Regimental emblem is taken from the 56th London Division flash worn during World War II and represents ‘Tommy’, Dick Whittington’s cat. Predominantly based at Carver Barracks, near Saffron Walden the Regiment’s Reserve component has detachments in Catford, Rochester, Tunbridge Wells and Reigate. The Regiment includes the following sub-units:
• 22 HQ & Sp Sqn (EOD)• 17 Fd Sqn (EOD)• 21 Fd Sqn (EOD)• 221 Fd Sqn (EOD)• 579 Fd Sqn (EOD)