Support Company (Sp Coy)
Support Company is the home of the various sub-units that support the remainder of the Regiment. Medics, Guns and Assault Pioneers, Boat Troop, Communications, Public Relations and Regimental Police are all part of Sp Coy.
After finishing your initial training with Charlie Company you may be posted to Support Coy for your remaining time within the Regiment. Support Company entry is not at all the easiest Unit to get into a good service revered hard working mentality and good attitude are key values that help you be selected to join any of the number of supporting roles within the unit. It is not essential but the early dedication of joining the JNCO’s Cadre with successful completion is a good stepping stone to being selected by a unit with Support Company.
Support Company is the backbone of the Regiment as it provides support to all of the other units within the Regiment such as Alpha and Charlie Companies. Most of the training for support Company is done locally with additional training completed overseas. Unlike Charlie Company Support Company has their annual training camp overseas, but also provides support to Recruit Camp.
As previously stated there are a number of units within Support Company such as:
Boat Troop under the direction of WO2 Jeffery Patterson second in command CSgt L. Spanswick along with 12 other ranks.
The fleet is comprised of the following vessels: 17 ft British Dorey, Rigid Raider Craft by Boston Whaler and VT Halmatic Arctic 24 Rhib. The 17 foot Dorey is powered by a Yamaha 115hp outboard and has a crew of two and carries 6 fully equipped troops. The RRC are 18 feet long self-bailing and are powered by twin 90 hp Yamaha outboard engines and have a top speed of 45 knots and an operating range of 80 nautical miles. Normally having a crew of two, these boats are designed to transport 10 fully equipped soldiers. A stainless steel keel allows these boats to perform tactical beach landings. The RRC is the primary troop transport and deployment of oil boom. (Insert pic 2) The Arctic 24 Rhib is powered by 2 x Yamaha 115hp outboards and has a top speed of 40 knots and an operating range of 150 nautical miles. They are self-bailing and self-righting. They are designed to transport 10 fully equipped soldiers and are the primary vessel for Search and Rescue within the unit.
Many of the members of Boat Troop have also attended training overseas with the US Coast Guard, US Navy, US Marine Corp Small Craft Company, the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard and the Toronto Marine Police. Members have also been operationally attached to the UK Navy in Gibraltar.
The units trains its members in boat handling skills, rules of the road, local navigation along with over the horizon acquiring their Bermuda Governments Marine & Port A, B & C navigation licenses. Members are also trained in oil boom deployment, SAR, basic outboard mechanics, and water borne operations; i.e. board and search, OP's, beach landings, and ambush.
Boat Troop was the first operational unit to provide support to the Bermuda Police. The unit works alongside with the Marine Section from 24th May through 31 October. They deploy alongside their counterparts to allow for some Police Officers to be redeployed within their Service and to give a greater officer presence of on the water.
Communications Unit (CU) is responsible for the design, deployment and operation of all Regimental Communications networks. The CU's command element consists of the Regimental Signals Officer and the Regimental Signals SNCO.
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Regimental Signals Officer, Lt. Kris H. Dakin
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Regimental Signals SNCO, CSgt. Kevin Pilgrim
Members of the CU undergo training on the theory of operating communications networks, as well as on the equipment utilized by the Royal Bermuda Regiment, the Sepura Tetra digital radio system. There are two levels of specialist certification that can be obtained once examinations are passed.
Specialist badges are awarded at the end of each training year and are affixed to the soldier's uniform to signify their proficiency.
During exercises and operations the CU provides signalers to RHQ and the companies in order to establish, operate and log all Battalion communications. When not providing signalers the unit provides signals training to the Regiment, conducts equipment maintenance and verifies communications capability through dead spot testing and rebroadcast site deployment. The unit is ideally suited to soldiers who have an interest or experience in Information and Communications Technology.
Gun & Assault Pioneers
The Gun Assault Pioneers (GAP) Subunit's jobs is the maintenance and care of the Bermuda Regiments two ceremonial cannons (guns) used during various parades through the year. The two guns are 25 pounders. Came into service in the British Army mid-1930's. Served thru WWll and Korea and Malaysia – up to 1955. Were phased out by 1965 - replaced by 105mm gun. Our two were gifts from the UK Royal Artillery Association to Bermuda Regiment brought out by the Royal Navy.
25 pounder designation came about when the British and all other armies used to ‘size’ cannon according to the weight of their ‘shot’. Hence 18pdr and 25pdr and 60 pdr etc. When Royal Navy went from smoothbore to rifled guns, around 1875, they also went from weight to muzzle size. Army caught up about a 100 years later. Now all guns are ranked by muzzle size in mm.
GAP also assist with the building and maintaining of the Regiment assault course so that it can be used safely by all Regiment personnel.
GAP are the first to respond to natural disasters for relief efforts locally and abroad. Locally GAP respond by being the first unit on the ground to assist with road clearing and tree removal, and building and wall shoring as well applying tarpaulins to roves. They are trained to a high standard on the operation and use of chainsaws, so that these jobs can be carried out quickly and safely.
GAP is also trained in the use of explosive demolition.