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Royal Logistic Corps
Rlcbadge

Capbadge of the Royal Logistic Corps
Country Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Service history
Active 1993—Present
Role Logistics
Size Corps
Nickname RLC
Motto "We sustain"
Battles Operation Granby
Operation Grapple
Operation Tosca
Operation Telic
Operation Herrick
Operation Toral
Website Royal Logistic Corps
Commanders
Commanders HRH The Princess Royal
Insignia
Insignia RLC TRF
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 also has its own Corps of Drums and Band.

HistoryEdit

The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed on Monday, 5 April 1993, by the union of five British Army corps:[1]

The RLC comprises both Regular and Army Reserve units.[2]

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:[3]

MuseumEdit

The Royal Logistic Corps Museum is based at Princess Royal Barracks near Camberley in Surrey.[4]

Cap BadgeEdit

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 "Evil to him who evil thinks". It is often seen on the insignia of Regiments and Corps with 'Royal' in their title.

StructureEdit

RLC units include (reserve units in italics):[6]

Regular ArmyEdit

  • 1st Brigade Combat Service Support Battalion at St David's Barracks [Supporting 1st Strike Brigade]
  • 2nd Brigade Combat Service Support Battalion (27 Theatre Regiment) at Travers Barracks
  • 3rd Close Support Logistic Regiment at Dalton Barracks [Supporting 12th AI Brigade]
  • 4th Close Support Logistic Regiment at Dalton Barracks [Supporting 20th AI Brigade]
  • 6th Logistic Regiment at Dishford Airfield
  • 7th Logistic Regiment at Kendrew Barracks
  • 9th Theatre Regiment at Buckley Barracks
  • 10th (The Queen's Own Gurkha) Logistic Regiment
  • 11th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment at MoD Kineton
  • 17th Port and Maritime Regiment at Marchwood Military Port
  • 29th Postal Courier and Movement Regiment at Duke of Gloucester Barracks

Army ReserveEdit

  • 2nd Operational Support Group at Duke of Gloucester Barracks
  • 150th (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment (Paired with 27th Regiment)
    • Regimental Headquarters, Headquarters Squadron, and 218 Transport Squadron in Hull
    • 216 Transport Squadron in Tynemouth
    • 217 Transport Squadron in Leeds
    • 219 Transport Squadron in Doncaster
  • 151st (Greater London) Transport Regiment (Paired with 7th Regiment)
    • Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron in Croydon
    • 124 Transport Squadron in Brentwood
      • Detachment in Maidstone
    • 210 Transport Squadron in Sutton
    • 240 Transport Squadron in Barnet
    • 562 Transport Squadron in Southall
  • 152nd (Ulster) Fuel Support Regiment (Paired with 7th Regiment)
    • Regimental Headquarters, 227 Headquarters Squadron, 220 Tanker Squadron, and 400 Petroleum Squadron at Palace Barracks
    • 211 Tank Squadron in Londonderry
  • 154th (Scottish) Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps
    • Regimental Headquarters, Headquarters Squadron and Transport Squadron in Dunfermline
    • 221 Transport Squadron in Glasgow
    • 230 Transport Squadron in Edinburgh
    • 251 Transport Squadron in Irvine
  • 156th (North West) Supply Regiment (Paired with 27th Regiment)
    • Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron in Liverpool
    • 234 Supply Squadron in Birkenhead
    • 236 Supply Squadron in Salford
    • 238 Supply Squadron in Bootle
    • 381 Supply Squadron in Lancaster
  • 157th (Welsh) Transport Regiment (Paired with 10th Regiment)
    • Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron in Lancaster
    • 223 Transport Squadron in Swansea
    • 224 Transport Squadron in Carmarthen
      • A Troop in Haverfordwest
    • 398 Transport Squadron in Queensferry
  • 158th (Royal Anglian) Transport Regiment (Paired with 27th Regiment)
    • Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron in Peterborough
    • 160 Transport Squadron in Lincoln
    • 201 Transport Squadron in Bedford
    • 202 Transport Squadron in Ipswich
      • M Troop in Colchester
    • 203 Transport Squadron in Loughborough
  • 159th Supply Regiment (Paired with 10th Regiment)
    • Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron in Canley
    • 237 Supply Squadron in West Bromwich
    • 243 Supply Squadron in Coventry
    • 294 Supply Squadron in Grantham
  • 162nd Postal Courier and Movement Regiment [Under 2 Operational Group]
    • Regimental Headquarters, 279 Headquarters Squadron, 871 and 883 Postal Courier Squadrons at Duke of Gloucester Barracks
    • 280 Movement Control Squadron in Swindon
    • 281 Movement Control Squadron in Nottingham
    • 281 Movement Control Squadron in Coulby Newham
  • 165th (Wessex) Port and Enabling Regiment [Under 2 Operational Group]
    • Regimental Headquarters, 264 Headquarters Squadron, 265 Port Squadron in Plymouth
    • 142 Vehicle Squadron in Banbury
    • 232 Port Squadron in Bodmin
    • 266 Port Squadron in Southampton
      • Isle of Wight Troop
    • 710 Operational Hygiene Squadron in Aylesbury
  • 167th Catering Support Regiment at Duke of Gloucester Barracks
  • Headquarters Expeditionary Force Institute and 148 Expeditionary Force Institute Squadron at Duke of Gloucester Barracks

HeadquartersEdit

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).[7]

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.[10]

Royal Corps Transport Vessel, Arezzo

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. "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. 
  2. "RLC Regiments". British Army website (UK Ministry of Defence). https://www.army.mod.uk/logistic/23472.aspx. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. "Waggoners". 54 Engineer Support and Ambulance Squadron. http://www.54sqnrct.co.uk/waggoners.html. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  4. "Welcome". Royal Logistic Corps Museum. http://www.royallogisticcorps.co.uk/heritage/museum/. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  5. "History and background of the Royal Pioneer Corps 4". http://www.royalpioneercorps.co.uk/rpc/history_main4.htm. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  6. Heyman, p. 63
  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. 
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  10. "Association". Royal Logistic Corps Association. http://www.royallogisticcorps.co.uk/association/. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 

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