QGE deploy to Nepal to provide post-earthquake support

Seventy-six soldiers from 69 Squadron of the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers have deployed to Nepal in order to provide support to the country’s post-earthquake reconstruction effort. The troops from Maidstone, Kent, arrived in Nepal on 8th May and have based themselves from the British Army base in Pokhara and will deploy as 16 man teams into the worst affected areas to provide assistance to all effected by the earthquake. They will be working closely with the Gurkha Welfare Scheme to provide construction, water supply and medical expertise.

The teams will be operating across a wide area, including Gorkha, Lamjung, Jiri and Bagmati, all of which are heartlands of the Brigade of Gurkhas. The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers will provide valuable skills and capabilities to the area to support their fellow nationals in rebuilding their country, who are working to provide the best situation possible prior to the monsoon season starting in a few weeks.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The British Army Gurkhas deploying have a unique set of local knowledge, language skills and engineering experience, making them a vital element of the international response.

“We recognise that this terrible disaster will have directly affected our own Gurkha community and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

More information on the Defence Secretary’s statement can be found on the BBC website.