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

Royal Logistic Corps
Insignia and cap badge of the Royal Logistic Corps
Active5 April 1993 – present
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch British Army
RoleMilitary logistics
Garrison/HQWorthy Down Camp, Winchester
Motto(s)"We Sustain"
MarchOn Parade
Lion, Sword and Crown
Colonel-in-ChiefThe Princess Royal
Corps ColonelColonel Patrick Allen
Master-GeneralMajor General Simon Hutchings
Tactical recognition flash

History edit

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]

Cap Badge edit

The RLC cap badge is an amalgamation of the cap badges of the forming corps:[5]

The inscription on the garter band "Honi soit qui mal y pense" can be translated as "Shame on anyone who thinks evil of it".[1] It is the motto of the Order of the Garter.[6]

Headquarters edit

The Corps Headquarters is at Worthy Down Camp 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).[7]

The RLC Band was formed in 1993. It provides musical support while 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.[8]

Museum edit

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 re-opened in May 2021.[9]

List of units edit

Regiments edit

Specialist sub-units edit

Master General of Logistics edit

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:

Publications edit

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.[15]

Royal Logistic Corps landing craft, the RCL Arezzo

Victoria Cross edit

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

Order of precedence edit

Preceded by Order of Precedence Succeeded by

See also edit

References edit

  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. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. ^ "History and background of the Royal Pioneer Corps 4". Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  6. ^ "College of St George – Windsor Castle – The Order of the Garter". College of St George – Windsor Castle. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  7. ^ "The Royal Logistic Corps Regimental Association". Archived from the original on 6 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  8. ^ "The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps | The Esplanade".
  9. ^ "Welcome". Royal Logistic Corps Museum. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Regular RLC Units". Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Reserve RLC Units". Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  12. ^ "No. 59126". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 July 2009. p. 12040.
  13. ^ "No. 60163". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 June 2012. p. 10780.
  14. ^ "No. 63576". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 January 2021. p. 23985.
  15. ^ "Association". Royal Logistic Corps Association. Retrieved 2 October 2016.

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