Support for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces
Like many Livery Companies, the Spectacle Makers’ Company has affiliations with serving, reserve and cadet services. We are proud to be associated with:
16 Close Support Medical Regiment, based in Colchester
16 Medical Regiment was formed in 1999 from the amalgamation of 19 Airmobile Field Ambulance and 23 Parachute Field Ambulance. Between them, they have been involved in every major operation since World War II.
The Regiment provides dedicated medical support to 16 Air Assault Brigade who may be engaged in airmobile and parachute deployments. The majority of the professionals and skills of the Army Medical Services can be found within the Regiment and training for soldiers includes periods spent within the Accident and Emergency departments of local NHS hospitals as well as specialist military skills and clinical training. Equipment developed and used by 16 Medical Regiment in Afghanistan and Iraq is now finding its way through to civilian life within the health service.
The Regiment’s clinical duties make it a strong match with the values of the Spectacle Makers’ Company. Recently, a grant from the Spectacle Makers’ Charity has helped in the conversion of a disused container into a replica Chinook helicopter to allow members of the Regiment to practise their skills in authentic conditions of cold, heat, cramped space and noise.