3 Airborne Squadron Royal Engineers was raised in 1945, from Royal Engineers in units of 6th Airborne Division as forces were reorganised for the deployment to Palestine and the Far East, and inherited a significant portion of 'higher release' personnel from 591 (Antrim) Parachute Squadron RE (which transferred to 1st Airborne Division before it was disbanded in late 1945).
3 Airborne Squadron joined 5th Parachute Brigade on their deployment to the Far East, stationed in Semerang, in Java. The squadron, working closely with local civilian technicians, played an important role in the reconstruction of the region. The re-introduction of basic utilities, such as water and electricity supplies, was eventually achieved despite being hampered by rudimentary equipment and, in the early period especially, sporadic looting. Duties were varied, and included support of other 5th Parachute Brigade operations, while the unit also provided a military Fire Brigade for civilians during their time in Semarang.
Following the withdrawal of 5th Parachute Brigade from the Far East, 3 Airborne Squadron joined the deployment to Palestine.
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