Royal Logistic Corps
The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) provides logistic support functions to the British Army. It is the largest Corps in the Army. The RLC flag is dark blue with the Corps Badge emblazoned on the centre. It has a Corps of Drums and a "Marching Band".
|Royal Logistic Corps|
|Active||5 April 1993 - present|
|Garrison/HQ||Dettingen House, Deepcut, Surrey|
Lion, Sword and Crown
|Regimental Colonel||Colonel C J Francis MBE ADC|
|Colonel-in-chief||HRH The Princess Royal|
|Tactical recognition flash|
The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed on Monday, 5 April 1993, by the union of five British Army corps:
- Royal Engineers Postal and Courier Service
- Royal Corps of Transport
- Royal Army Ordnance Corps
- Royal Pioneer Corps
- Army Catering Corps
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:
- The laurel and garter band is from the Royal Engineers
- The star is from the Royal Corps of Transport
- The shield in the centre is from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps
- The crossed axes are from the Royal Pioneer Corps
- The motto, "We Sustain", is from the Army Catering Corps
The inscription on the garter band "Honi soit qui mal y pense" can be translated as "Evil to him who evil thinks". It is often seen on the insignia of Regiments and Corps with 'Royal' in their title.
RLC units include:
|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|
|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|
|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').|
|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 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)
|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 104th 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|
|27 Regiment RLC
(27 Theatre Logistic Regiment RLC)
|Travers Barracks||Aldershot||To merge with 2 Close Support REME.|
|29 Postal Courier & Movement Regiment RLC||Duke of Gloucester Barracks||Duke of Gloucester Barracks||Part of 104th 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|
- RHQ The RLC. located at the "Home of the Corps", Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut. Headed by Col RLC.
- British Army Photographers, small trade group of professional photographer and videographers posted globally covering Army Media and instructing in specialist photography.
- Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search School (DEMSS) formerly the Army School of Ammunition until 2009.
- 15 Air Assault Close Support Squadron RLC (not mentioned in Army 2020). Attached to 13 Air Assault Support Regiment.
- ARRC Support Battalion (an All Arms unit with logistic squadrons making up the bulk of the battalion)
Notable minor units and joint units with a large RLC element include:
- 20 Logistic Support Squadron, London District
- 89 Postal and Courier Unit, (SHAPE)
- 105 Logistic Support Squadron, (BATUS)
- 132 Aviation Supply Squadron, part of 7 Battalion REME within 16 Air Assault Brigade
- Cyprus Service Support Unit, (British Forces Cyprus)
- Joint Helicopter Support Squadron, RAF Benson, a combined RLC / RAF unit.
- 2 Logistic Support Regiment RLC , based at Gutersloh. Formally disbanded in July 2014.
- 8 Regiment - The Regiment formed in 1964 at Munster, Germany as 8 Transport Column, RASC at the height of the Cold War. Initially based in Nelson Barracks, it moved to Portsmouth Barracks and was disbanded in York Barracks on 27 March 2012. The regiment consisted of 3, 5, 13, 27 and 64 Squadrons and in its time had attached pioneers from the RPC, and infantry from a resident Munster battalion as Force Protection. It worked closely with the American Custodial Detachment whose role was maintenance of nuclear warheads and weapons components. The regiment directly supported the Gunners (The Royal Regiment of Artillery), firstly 24, 39 and 50 Missile Regiments and later the Multi-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Regiments. This latter task was carried out in the UK from barracks at Catterick,1993-2008.
- 12 Logistic Support Regiment - Disbanded at Abingdon on 12 December 2013. Had the following structure: 25 (HQ) Squadron, 6 Combat Support Squadron, 11 General Support Squadron, 43 Combat Support Squadron
- 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.
- 44 Support Squadron, (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)
- 2 Operational Support Group RLC
- 150 Regiment - 523 (HQ) Squadron, 217 Squadron, 218 Squadron, 219 Squadron
- 151 (London) Regiment
- 152 (North Irish) Regiment
- 154 (Scottish) Regiment
- 156 Regiment
- 157 (Welsh) Regiment - 249 (HQ) Squadron, 223 Transport Squadron, 224 Transport Squadron, 580 (Glamorgan) Transport Squadron
- 158 Regiment
- 159 Regiment
- 162 Regiment
- 165 Port and Maritime Regiment
- 167 Catering Support Regiment
- 383 Commando Petroleum Troop
The Corps Headquarters is at Dettingen House within Princess Royal Barracks near Camberley in Surrey. 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).
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:
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.
The RLC has five Victoria Cross holders; Five derive historically from establishments that eventually became the Royal Corps of Transport.
- Private Samuel Morley VC. Military Train. 15 April 1858.
- Private (Farrier) Michael Murphy VC (forfeited and re-listed). Military Train. 15 April 1858.
- Assistant Commissary James Langley Dalton VC. Commissariat & Transport Department. 22 January 1879.
- Second Lieutenant Alfred Cecil Herring VC. Army Service Corps. 23 March 1918.
- Private Richard George Masters VC. Army Service Corps. 9 April 1918.
Order of precedenceEdit
Royal Army Chaplains' Department
|Order of Precedence||Succeeded by|
Royal Army Medical Corps
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