Royal Logistic Corps

The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) provides logistic support functions to the British Army. It is the largest Corps in the Army.[1]

Royal Logistic Corps
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Active5 April 1993 - present
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
RoleLogistics
Garrison/HQWorthy Down Station, Winchester
Motto(s)"We sustain"
MarchOn Parade
Lion, Sword and Crown
Commanders
Regimental ColonelColonel J C West ADC
Colonel-in-chiefThe Princess Royal
Insignia
Tactical recognition flashRLC TRF.svg

HistoryEdit

The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed on 5 April 1993, by the union of five British Army corps:[2]

The RLC comprises both Regular and Army Reserve units.[3]

The RLC is the only combat service support corps of the British Army with battle honours, derived from the usage of previous transport elements of the Royal Waggon Train, and their successors as cavalry. The battle honours are:[4]

MuseumEdit

The Royal Logistic Corps Museum was based at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut near Camberley in Surrey, but was closed prior to a move to Worthy Down near Winchester where it was to reopen in April 2021.[5]

Cap BadgeEdit

The RLC cap badge is an amalgamation of the cap badges of the forming corps:[6]

The inscription on the garter band "Honi soit qui mal y pense" can be translated as "Evil to him who evil thinks".[1]

StructureEdit

RLC units include:[7]

Regular ArmyEdit

Unit (with Army 2020 names) Current Location Future Location Notes
1 Regiment RLC
(1 Close Support Logistic Regiment RLC)
St David's Barracks St David's Barracks To merge with 1 CS REME [8]
3 Regiment RLC
(3 Close Support Logistic Regiment RLC)
Dalton Barracks Dalton Barracks
4 Regiment RLC
(4 General Support Logistic Regiment RLC)
Dalton Barracks Dalton Barracks
6 Regiment RLC
(6 Force Logistic Regiment RLC)
Dishforth Airfield Alanbrooke Barracks [9]
7 Regiment RLC
(7 Force Logistic Regiment RLC)
Kendrew Barracks Alanbrooke Barracks in 2029 7 Regiment's history is heavily influenced by tank transporting and the Mixed Service Organization (MSO). The MSO was formed of Polish exiles and Prisoners of War who could not return home after World War II and served the British Army until the end of the Cold War. The Regiment's symbol is a Polish eagle (Orzel) on a Polish flag and a motto in Polish, Bialo Czerwoni ('the White and Reds').[10][11]
9 Regiment RLC
(9 Theatre Logistic Regiment RLC)
Buckley Barracks Buckley Barracks
10 Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment RLC
(10 The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment)
Gale Barracks, Aldershot Gale Barracks, Aldershot
11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Regiment RLC
(11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment RLC)
Vauxhall Barracks Vauxhall Barracks 421 Headquarters Squadron
4 x EOD Squadrons
13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC
(13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC)
Colchester Colchester
17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC
(17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC)
McMullen Barracks / Sea Mounting Centre, Marchwood, Southampton McMullen Barracks / Sea Mounting Centre, Marchwood, Southampton Part of 104 Logistic Support Brigade. 51 Port Squadron, 52 Port Squadron, 53 Port Squadron, 54 Port Squadron, 79 Squadron, 17 Regiment Workshop, REME
25 Training Support Regiment RLC Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut Worthy Down in 2019 [12]
27 Regiment RLC
(27 Theatre Logistic Regiment RLC)
Travers Barracks Aldershot To merge with 2 Close Support REME.[13][14][15]
29 Postal Courier & Movement Regiment RLC Duke of Gloucester Barracks Duke of Gloucester Barracks Part of 104 Logistic Support Brigade. Made up of 55 (HQ) Movement Control Squadron, 50 Movement Control Squadron, 59 Movement Control Squadron, and 80 Postal and Courier Squadron.[16]
2 Operational Support Group RLC Prince William of Gloucester Barracks Prince William of Gloucester Barracks [17]

Notable minor units and joint units with a large RLC element include:

Disbanded Units:

  • 2 Logistic Support Regiment RLC, based at Gütersloh. Formally disbanded in July 2014.
  • 8 Artillery Support Regiment RLC - The Regiment formed in 1964 at Munster, Germany as 8 Transport Column, RASC at the height of the Cold War.
  • 12 Logistic Support Regiment - Disbanded at Abingdon on 12 December 2013.
  • 19 Combat Service Support Battalion - a combined unit with a logistical squadron and an Equipment Support company. Disbanded N Ireland December 2012.
  • 23 Pioneer Regiment - a specialist pioneer unit with artisans, defence and Force Protection elements. Disbanded at Bicester November 2014.
  • 24 Regiment - disbanded in Germany, 30 January 2014. Part of 104th Logistic Support Brigade.

Drivers, Technicians, EOD all selected from the RLC.

19 tank transporter squadron

Army ReserveEdit

Former units

HeadquartersEdit

The Corps Headquarters is at Worthy Down Barracks near Winchester. It is headed by a Colonel (Colonel RLC) as the professional head of the Corps. Col RLC is responsible for the Moral Component, regimental infrastructure and support and works to Commander Home Command. Col RLC remains responsible for the Corps of Drums, which often parades with the RLC Band. (AG).[20]

The RLC Band was formed in 1993. It provides musical support wgule also representing the Royal Logistic Corps, and on occasion, the wider British Army. They are able to produce no more than 12 working ensembles at a time. These include a marching band, big band, fanfare team, and acoustic groups.[21]

Master General of LogisticsEdit

There is also a ceremonial head (instituted in 2009), who heads the Corps and its wider family such as the Associations and Cadets, known as the Master General of Logistics (MGL). Holders of the post include:

PublicationsEdit

The Sustainer is the magazine of the RLC Association. The Waggoner remains the Journal of the RASC/RCT Association. The RAOC Gazette that of the RAOC Association and the Pioneer of the RPC Association. The Review is an annual magazine of essays published by the Corps.[24]

 
Royal Logistic Corps landing craft, the RCL Arezzo

Victoria CrossEdit

The RLC has five Victoria Cross holders; Five derive historically from establishments that eventually became the Royal Corps of Transport.

Order of precedenceEdit

Preceded by
Royal Army Chaplains' Department
Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Royal Army Medical Corps

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Everything You Need To Know About The RLC". Forces Network. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  2. ^ "The Royal Logistic Corps and Forming Corps". The Royal Logistic Corps Museum. Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ "RLC Regiments". British Army website (UK Ministry of Defence). Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Waggoners". 54 Engineer Support and Ambulance Squadron. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Welcome". Royal Logistic Corps Museum. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  6. ^ "History and background of the Royal Pioneer Corps 4". Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  7. ^ Heyman, p. 63
  8. ^ "Information on the Army 2020 refine exercise" (PDF). Gov.uk. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  9. ^ "7 RLC". army.mod.uk. British Army. 9 August 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Polish Eagle 7th Regiment RLC". Ballentynes. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  11. ^ "6 RLC". army.mod.uk. British Army. 9 August 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020. 6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps is a diverse, professional and forward-looking Regular Regiment based in North Yorkshire. The Regiment prides itself on its family ethos, as well as a strong reputation earned for its logistical prowess amongst its combat arm peers.
  12. ^ "25 Training Support Regiment RLC". army.mod.uk. British Army. 9 August 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020. 25 Training Regiment RLC is based at Normandy Barracks in Leconfield, East Yorkshire and forms part of the Defence School of Transport. The Regiment provides initial trade training for all soldiers within the RLC, before they join their new units as Combat Logisticians.
  13. ^ "Battalion to leave Leuchars for Yorkshire under MoD plans". The Courier. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Information on the Army 2020 refine exercise" (PDF). Gov.uk. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  15. ^ "27 Regiment RLC". army.mod.uk. British Army. 9 August 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020. 27 Regiment RLC is a Theatre Logistic Regiment. It is currently based in Travers Barracks, Aldershot and is part of 101 Logistic Brigade. The Regiment consists of 77 Headquarters Squadron, 8 Fuel and General Transport Squadron, 91 Supply Squadron based in Aldershot and 19 Tank Transporter Squadron based in Bulford.v
  16. ^ "29 Regiment RLC". army.mod.uk. British Army. 9 August 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020. 29 Regiment RLC, part of 104 Logistic Support Brigade, is the Army’s centre of gravity for both movements support and postal & courier capabilities. The Regiment is located at the Duke of Gloucester Barracks, South Cerney; where it operates the Joint Air Mounting Centre.
  17. ^ "2 Operational Support Group RLC". army.mod.uk. British Army. 9 August 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020. 2 Operational Support Group RLC provide specialist personnel for staff officers and staff assistants, contract management and labour support capability on operations. In addition, we also supply communications specialists to the Army Medical Services
  18. ^ "British Army Photographers - Home". Facebook. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Joint Helicopter Support Squadron". army.mod.uk. British Army. 9 August 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020. Joint Helicopter Support Squadron (JHSS) is a unique, challenging and diverse squadron based in Oxfordshire. Equipped with the latest vehicles from the British Army and the RAF, the Squadron maintains a constant state of readiness for war or peacetime operations and exercises
  20. ^ "The Royal Logistic Corps Regimental Association". Archived from the original on 6 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  21. ^ "The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps | The Esplanade". esplanade.ca.
  22. ^ "No. 59126". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 July 2009. p. 12040.
  23. ^ "No. 60163". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 June 2012. p. 10780.
  24. ^ "Association". Royal Logistic Corps Association. Retrieved 2 October 2016.

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