Forward Support Wing

Forward Engineering Squadron (FES)

Forward Engineering Squadron (FES)
Forward Engineering Squadron (FES) comprises approximately 250 personnel, both service and civilian. Commanded by an Engineering Squadron Leader, the three subordinate Flights. Ground Engineering Maintenance Flight (GEMF) and Ground Engineering Support Flight (GESF) are each commanded by an Engineering Flight Lieutenant, with Engineering Support Flight (ESF) commanded by a Warrant Officer Armourer. A Warrant Officer General Engineering Technician in the role of Squadron WO supports all three Flights.

The main function of FES is to provide the following:
1. The maintenance of all Tornado platform survival equipment and Aircrew Life Support Equipment.

2. The provision of Survival Evade Resist and Extraction training for Unit based aircrew.

3. The maintenance and storage of ground defence weapons.

4. The provision of Armament licensing.

5. The provision of regional Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) capability.

6. The provision of the regional Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) capability.

7. The provision and husbandry of facilities in support of the Unit’s Continuous Charge Operations activities.

8. The maintenance of all service-procured Mechanical Transport (MT) vehicles.

9. The maintenance of the Unit Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and Armament specific GSE (AGSE).

10. The provision of Global support and maintenance for Tornado-specific GSE.

11. The provision of Global support and maintenance of armament weapon loaders.

12. The provision of an enhanced Carpentry and Metalwork workshop manufacturing capability.

13. The provision of a deployable support engineering capabillity in support of 138 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) and other RAF driven operations.

14. The provision of training and instruction to all users of GSE.

FES Training Cell
The FES Training Cell is responsible for training of all Unit and Flight personnel on the safe operation and maintenance of a wide variety of Ground Support Equipment. In addition, the Training Cell's responsibilities also include the progression and mentoring of the Flights junior engineering tradesmen who are working towards obtaining Engineering NVQ Level 3 and successful completion of their Modern Apprenticeships.

The role includes conducting:

· Workshop assessment for individuals undertaking General Technician GSE and MT Technician trade assimilation to the new RAF trade of General Technician Mechanical.

· The monitoring and organisation of Continuing Personal Development (CPD) for Flight personnel and Pre-Employment Training for personnel prior to their deployment Out Of Area.

Engineering Support Flight (ESF)
Engineering Support Flight (ESF) consists of 5 sections, Small Arms, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Buildings and Licensing (B&L), Regional Non Destructive Testing (NDT) Team and lastly Survival Equipment Section (SES), which is further divided into 3 subordinate sections. Conducting a wide variety of tasks, the Flight plays an active and vital part in supporting the Unit's operational and training commitments as well as actively promoting the Service in the Public Domain.

ESF Headquarters is located within the old armoury building. This area hosts the Small Arms, EOD and B&L sections.

Small Arms
Small Arms personnel are responsible for the secure storage and maintenance of the Unit's considerable stock of ground defence weapons as well as the upkeep of the 25m Range facilities. In addition they are responsible for the husbandry and documentation of a further 4 sub-armouries dispersed around the Unit as well as a number of Air Cadet units based in the surrounding area.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal
From within the EOD section, teams travel daily to the Air Weapons Range at RAF Holbeach in support of airborne bombing and gunnery training activities. Regardless of the weather conditions, they are responsible for clearing the range of dropped ordnance and making the Range safe for the general public once flying has ceased. Here at Marham tradesmen from across the Flight undergo regular continuation training in order to remain current in the exacting and challenging EOD discipline and to fulfil an Air Cmd requirement for operational EOD manpower. The team, in conjunction with the Community Relations Section, also provides regular EOD displays around the local communities.

Buildings and Licensing Section
The B&L section is responsible for ensuring that RAF Marham's explosive storage facilities meet the complicated regulatory and safety requirements regarding storage and handling of all explosive items held across the Unit.

Survival Equipment Section
The Survival Equipment Section is responsible for providing global support to all aspects of the maintenance of the many and varied items of Survival Equipment, Aircrew Life Support Equipment and Night Vision Goggle Equipment associated with the RAF Tornado aircraft. In addition, the section is responsible for ensuring Unit based aircrew are correctly trained in post ejection survival and evasion techniques. SES, in conjunction with the Community Relations Section and Armed Forces Careers Offices also provides numerous displays at service and civilian venues.

Regional Non-Destructive Testing Team
Using an array of various radiological, ultra sonic, eddy current, magnetic particle and penetrant flow techniques, the team provide a global fatigue and stress damage detection service to both the RAF and Army. In addition the team provides specialised training to both service and civilian personnel for specific tasks.

Ground Engineering Mechanical Flight (GEMF)
GEMF has the responsibility for the mechanical ground based engineering tasks at RAF Marham encompassing a multitude of engineering disciplines across two separate trades.

Ground Support Equipment (GSE)
GSE maintenance teams are responsible for the repair and maintenance of items from simple ladders and steps to computer controlled Hydraulic Servicing Trolleys, aircraft and mains power generators and a multitude of other ancillary support system equipment. In addition to the GSE used to support RAF Marham and it's lodger Units, the flight is responsible for the maintenance of GSE in North America, Canada and Belgium, this pre-positioned equipment is used to support the various fast jet exercises.

Armament Ground Support Equipment (AGSE)
AGSE section maintains and supports all equipment used to load the various RAF Aircraft Weapons Systems used on the GR4 Tornado aircraft operated from the Unit. In addition, the section contains personnel allocated to an Out of Area (OOA) Hit Team role. These personnel have been specially trained to repair the deployable AGSE, often deploying at short notice to ensure that the RAF's operational weapon loading capabilities are maintained.

Mechanical Transport Maintenance Section (MTMS)
MTMS has the responsibility for the maintenance of the Service owned Mechanical Transport (MT) or "Green Fleet" vehicles. The range of equipment varies dramatically from the Postman's bicycle to the highly complex Major Foam Fire Fighting Vehicle (MFV), the fleet of aircraft refuellers and Air Cargo Handling Equipment (ACHE).

Ground Engineering Support Flight (GESF)
GESF has the responsibility for workshops support and all of the ground based electrical engineering tasks at RAF Marham encompassing a multitude of engineering disciplines across two separate trades.

Ground Electrical Section (GES)
GES supports the maintenance processes of both GSE and MT fleets, it also provides a maintenance facility for both aircraft and ground use batteries and is the focal point for the registration and maintenance of all Minor Electrical equipment utilized by RAF Marham and it's parented organizations.

Station Workshops
Station Workshops provide a capability to manufacture and repair aircraft and ancillary components in well-equipped workshops and carpentry shops. This workshop has an "Enhanced Facility" status and is therefore allocated and utilizes the sophisticated Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery in the production of work for Station customers as well as for Head Quarters Air Command and the Defence Logistics Organization.

Combined Ground Engineering Capability
With a remit to provide Ground Engineering Capability a large amount of interaction between GEMF and GESF ensures a high level of service to the customers, with the 2 Flights working closely together in the majority of the tasks. To provide the optimal service a number of joint services are provided.

Forward Support Teams
Operating closely with the Flying Squadrons, a team of Engineers from the 2 Flights works on the Sqn to facilitate rapid repair and support to the Ground Equipment vital to ensure the serviceability and availability of the aircraft. These teams can be deployed with the aircraft to provide immediate support should it be required.

Airfield Support and Emergency Response
With the requirement for Ground Engineering personnel to be present to support the Emergency Aircraft Arresting System, a team is on standby at all times whilst the airfield is open. Their expertise on the system is vital should an aircraft be require to use the Emergency Arrestor systems, with the Engineers refitting systems to allow the airfield to continue operations as quickly as possible. Furthermore, they provide an out of hours service for all the other ground engineering systems vital to the running of the Station.

Deployable Support Engineering Capability
Both GEMF and GESF have personnel on permanent readiness to deploy with 138 EAW if it is stood up. They would deploy and set up the Support Engineering Capability at the deployed operating base forming an integral part of the enabling team before the arrival of the main party and aircraft. In order that this essential task can be achieved a number of specialist engineering cabins and engineering assets are available.

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