Royal Australian Corps of Transport

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Royal Australian Corps of Transport
Ract.gif
Cap badge of the Royal Australian Corps of Transport
Active 1973–present
Country  Australia
Branch Army
Type Corps
Role Military supply chain management
Motto Equal to the Task
Colors Blue, white and scarlet
March Wait for the Wagon
Commanders
Colonel in Chief Her Royal Highness Anne, Princess Royal
Insignia
Abbreviation RACT

The Royal Australian Corps of Transport is a corps within the Australian Army. It was formed in 1973 and is responsible for the operation of army surface transport assets.

Role[edit]

The role of the RACT is to control and operate Army owned surface transport, other than unit transport, and to provide movement control, terminal, postal and Army aspects of air logistic support. As such members of the corps are employed in a variety of roles, including:

  • Road Transport,
  • Movements,
  • Air Dispatch,
  • Postal,
  • Water Transport, and
  • Terminal Operations.

History[edit]

The RACT was formed on 1 June 1973 from and amalgamation of a number of functions of two existing corps: Royal Australian Army Service Corps (RAASC) and Royal Australian Engineers Transportation Service (RAE-TN). From RAASC the new corps gained the responsibilities of road and amphibian transport, air dispatch and postal functions, whilst from RAE-TN it gained water transport, terminal and movements roles. The remaining RAASC functions—such as the provision of foodstuffs and petrol, oils and lubricants—were subsequently allocated to the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC), with RAASC ceasing to exist on 31 May 1973.[1]

At Puckapunyal on 4 June 1983 the RACT was presented with its Banner. It was received from the Governor General of Australia, Sir Ninian Stephen, who presented it on behalf of Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice.[2]

Corps Embellishments[edit]

The badge of the RACT consists of the seven-pointed Federation Star incorporating the Royal Cipher, being common to both the badges of the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) and Royal Australian Army Service Corps (RAASC). Surrounding the Royal Cipher is a circlet containing the name 'Royal Australian Corps of Transport', which is enclosed by a laurel wreath and the Corps motto 'Par Oneri' or 'Equal to the Task'.[3]

The RACT Lanyard is a braided blue and red lanyard to represent its RAASC and RAE heritage. Notably, RACT was the first corps in the Australian Army to receive approval to wear a braided lanyard.[4]

The corps colours of the RACT are blue, white and scarlet. Each of the colours represents various aspects of the history of the corps:

  • Blue: representing the early uniforms worn by the corps predecessors
  • White: represents the white facings of the Military Train and also denotes the corps mounted background
  • Scarlet: represents the amalgamation of the RAE Transportation Service.[5]

Equipment[edit]

Vehicles:

  • Yamaha XT 600 motorcycle
  • Landrover 110 4 x 4
  • Landrover 110 6 x 6
  • Mack R Series (including Cargo, Dump, Truck Tanker Fuel, Truck Tanker Water and others)
  • Mercedes-Benz Unimog (including Cargo, Dump, and others)
  • Mack Fleetliner
  • International S Liner Prime Mover

Watercraft:

An Australian Army LCM8 
Australian resupply convoy in Afghanistan in 2010 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Palazzo 2001, p. 2.
  2. ^ Palazzo 2001, p. 23.
  3. ^ Palazzo 2001, p. 148.
  4. ^ Palazzo 2001, p. 149.
  5. ^ Palazzo 2001, p. 161.

References[edit]

  • Palazzo, Albert (2001). The Royal Australian Corps of Transport: A History of Australian Army Transport 1973–2000. Loftus: Australian Military Historical Publications. ISBN 1-876439-80-7. 
Preceded by
Australian Army Intelligence Corps
Australian Army Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Australian Army Catering Corps