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Royal Logistic Corps
Active 5 April 1993 - present
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Role Logistics
Garrison/HQ Worthy Down Station, Winchester
Motto(s) "We sustain"
March On Parade
Lion, Sword and Crown
Commanders
Regimental Colonel Colonel J C West ADC
Colonel-in-chief The Princess Royal
Insignia
Tactical recognition flash RLC TRF.svg

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

History[edit | edit source]

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]

Museum[edit | edit source]

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 Badge[edit | edit source]

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]

Current Composition[edit | edit source]

Regular Army[edit | edit source]

  • 1st Close Support Regiment, at St David's Barracks, Bicester (101st Logistic Brigade, close support to the Strike Brigade, to move to Catterick by 2028)
    • Regimental Headquarters & 74 Headquarters Squadron
    • 2 Close Support Squadron
    • 12 Close Support Squadron
    • 23 General Support Squadron
    • Light Aid Detachment (REME)
  • 3rd Close Support Regiment, at Dalton Barracks, Abingdon (101st Logistic Brigade, close support to 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade)
    • Regimental Headquarters and 35 Headquarters Squadron
    • 31 Close Support Squadron
    • 32 Close Support Squadron
    • 21 General Supply Squadron
    • Light Aid Detachment (REME)
  • 4th Close Support Regiment, at Dalton Barracks, Abingdon (101st Logistic Brigade, close support to 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade)
    • Regimental Headquarters and 75 Headquarters Squadron
    • 4 Close Support Squadron
    • 60 (Gurkha) Close Support Squadron
    • 33 General Support Squadron
    • Light Aid Detachment (REME)
  • 6th Close Support Regiment, at Dishford Barracks (102nd Logistic Brigade, close support to Strike Experimentation Group, to move to Catterick by 2031)
    • Regimental Headquarters and 600 Headquarters Squadron
    • 62 Squadron
    • 64 Squadron
  • 7th Logistic Support Regiment, at Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore (102nd Logistic Brigade, theatre logistic support to Strike Brigade)
    • Regimental Headquarters and 617 Headquarters Squadron
    • 9 Squadron
    • 16 Squadron
    • 17 Squadron
  • 10th (Queen's Own Gurkha) Logistic Support Regiment, at Gale Barracks (101st Logistic Brigade, theatre logistic support to 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade)
    • Regimental Headquarters and 36 Headquarters Squadron
    • 1 Squadron
    • 28 Squadron
    • Light Aid Detachment (REME)
  • 11th (Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search) Regiment, at Vauxhall Barracks, Didcot (101st Logistic Brigade, to move to the Defence Munitions Depot, Kineton by 2028)
    • Regimental Headquarters
    • 321 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search) Squadron, at Alexander Barracks, Aldergrove (Northern Ireland EOD Element)
    • 421 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search) Squadron, at Vauxhall Barracks, Didcot
    • 521 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search) Squadron, at Piave Lines, Catterick Garrison (North of England and Scotland EOD Elements)
      • Chester Troop, at Dale Barracks, Chester (to move to Preston Barracks?? by 2023)
      • Edinburgh Troop, at Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh
    • 621 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search) Squadron, at RAF Northolt (South of England EOD Elements)
      • Shorncliffe Troop, at Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe
      • Colchester Troop, at Merville Barracks, Colchester
      • Aldershot Troop, at Gale Barracks, Aldershot
    • 721 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search) Squadron, at St Barbara's Barracks, Ashchurch (Midlands EOD Elements)
      • Nottingham Troop, at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell (to move to Chetwynd Barracks by 2021)
      • Tidworth Troop, at Lucknow Barracks, Tidworth
  • 13th (Air Assault) Support Regiment, at Merville Barracks, Colchester (16th Air Assault Brigade)
    • Regimental Headquarters and 24 Headquarters Squadron
    • 8 Parachute Field Company (equipment specialists)
    • 47 Air Despatch Squadron (aerial delivery)
    • 63 Air Assault Support Squadron (supports 2 PARA)
    • 82 Air Assault Support Squadron (supports 3 PARA)
    • 65 Air Assault Troop (direct support for out of area operations)
  • 17th (Port and Maritime) Regiment, at McMullen Barracks, Marchwood Military Port (104th Logistic Brigade)
    • Regimental Headquarters and 53 Enabling and Heaquarters Squadron
    • 51 Port Squadron
    • 52 Port Squadron
    • Light Aid Detachment (REME)
  • 25th (Training) Regiment, at Normandy Barracks, Leonfield (Defence School of Transport)
    • Regimental Headquarters
    • 109 Training Squadron (training to non-driver trades)
    • 110 Training Squadron (training to driver trades)
  • 27th Logistic Regiment, at Travers Barracks, Aldershot (101st Logistic Brigade, Theatre logistic support to Strike Experimentation Group)
    • Regimental Headquarters and 77 Headquarters Squadron
    • 8 Fuel and General Transport Squadron
    • 19 Tank Transporter Squadron
    • 91 Supply Squadron
    • Light Aid Detachment (REME)
  • 29th (Postal and Courier) Regiment, at Duke of Gloucester Barracks, South Cerney (104th Logistic Support Brigade)
    • Regimental Headquarters and 55 Headquarters Squadron
    • 50 Postal Courier and Movement Control Squadron
    • 59 Postal Courier and Movement Control Squadron
    • 69 Postal Courier and Movement Control Squadron
    • 80 Postal Courier and Movement Control Squadron
    • 99 Postal Courier and Movement Control Squadron
  • Commando Logistic Support Squadron, at RM Chivenor (Commando Logistic Regiment, 3 Commando Brigade)
    • Squadron Headquarters
    • General Support Squadron
    • Tech Troop
    • Petroleum Troop
  • Joint Helicopter Support Squadron, at RAF Benson (Joint Helicopter Command)
    • Squadron Headquarters
    • Communications Troop
    • A Troop
    • B Troop
    • Mobile Air Operation Team
    • Mechanical Transport Troop
    • Light Aid Detachment (REME)
  • 44 Support Squadron, at the Royal Military Academy Sanhurst
    • Communications (Signals) Troop
    • Driving Support Troop
    • Civilian Troop
    • Light Aid Detachment (REME)
  • 132 Aviation Supply Squadron, at AAC Wattisham (7th Aviation Close Support Battalion REME, 1st Aviation Brigade)
  • 821 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search) Squadron (33rd (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Engineer Regiment)
    • Squadron Headquarters & Headquarters Echelon
    • Airborne Troop (supports 16 Air Assault Brigade)
    • Commando Troop (supports 3 Commando Brigade)

Headquarters[edit | edit source]

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).[7]

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.[8]

Master General of Logistics[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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.[11]

Royal Logistic Corps landing craft, the RCL Arezzo

Victoria Cross[edit | edit source]

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

Order of precedence[edit | edit source]

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

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Everything You Need To Know About The RLC". Forces Network. 13 November 2019. https://www.forces.net/services/army/everything-you-need-know-about-rlc. 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. https://web.archive.org/web/20130814155505/http://rlcmuseum.co.uk/docs/history.html. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. "RLC Regiments". British Army website (UK Ministry of Defence). https://www.army.mod.uk/logistic/23472.aspx. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. "Waggoners". 54 Engineer Support and Ambulance Squadron. http://www.54sqnrct.co.uk/waggoners.html. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  5. "Welcome". Royal Logistic Corps Museum. http://www.royallogisticcorps.co.uk/heritage/museum/. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  6. "History and background of the Royal Pioneer Corps 4". http://www.royalpioneercorps.co.uk/rpc/history_main4.htm. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  7. "The Royal Logistic Corps Regimental Association". Archived from the original on 6 May 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140506023128/http://www.veterans-uk.info/charity_hub/regimental_association.html. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  8. "The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps | The Esplanade". http://esplanade.ca/theatres/theatres-archived/2018/08/9190/. 
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  11. "Association". Royal Logistic Corps Association. http://www.royallogisticcorps.co.uk/association/. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 

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