16 Close Support Medical Regiment RAMC 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 and the new Regiment has already seen operational service in Sierra Leone, Bosnia and Kosovo.
The Regiment provides dedicated medical support to 16 Air Assault Brigade and will be called upon to support the complete spectrum of air assault operations. This will include airmobile and parachute deployments.
Two regular Air Assault Medical Surgical Groups, each of which can provide Role 2 medical support and resuscitative surgery.
In addition to the regular squadrons, the Regiment is bolstered by a Territorial Army squadron. 144 Parachute Medical Squadron is a permanent part of the Regiment, and is based on London, Cardiff , Glasgow and Nottingham.
The TA squadron is fully integrated within the Regiment and members deploy regularly on operations and exercises in support of the Brigade.
The majority of the professionals and skills of the Army Medical Services can be found within the Regiment. Clinical specialists, such as surgeons and anesthetists have the opportunity to divide their work between the Regiment and the Second Care Agency.
(Currently under research)