3rd Combat Engineer Regiment (Australia)

The 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment (3 CER) is an Australian Army modular engineer regiment trained for sapper/combat engineer operations. The unit is based at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville, Queensland and is part of the 3rd Brigade. It has deployed to Bougainville as part of the South Pacific Peacekeeping Force,[1] to the Solomon Islands under Operation Anode,[citation needed] and has also served in Timor-Leste,[2] Iraq and Afghanistan.[citation needed]

3rd Combat Engineer Regiment
CountryAustralia Australia
TypeRoyal Australian Engineers (RAE)
RoleCombat Engineers
Part of3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Garrison/HQLavarack Barracks, Townsville
Unit Colour Patch3cer colour patch.PNG
Soldiers from the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment practice clearing a building in 2015


The regiment consists of:[citation needed]

  • Regimental Headquarters
  • 16 Combat Engineer Squadron
  • 18 Combat Engineer Squadron
  • 25 Support Squadron
  • Operational Support Squadron


  1. ^ Nettleton, G. (1995). "Bougainville Peace Talks". Sapper News. Vol. 5 (No. 1 (April)). p. 11.
  2. ^ Vann 2001.


  • Vann, Kevin (2001). Bridging the Gap: The 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment in Timor 1999–2000. Loftus: Australian Military History Publications. ISBN 1-876439-55-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)