Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment

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Formed on the 9th of December 1996, the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (RNZALR), sometimes known as "the Duke of York's Own", reflecting Prince Andrew's position as Colonel-in-Chief, is the New Zealand Army's main Military Logistics & Combat Service Support (CSS) element. It is the largest regiment in the NZ Army.

Trades[edit]

The RNZALR includes 11 trades providing various support functions within the NZ Army and across the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

Chefs & Stewards

Catering support to operate any of the camp mess, operational or field kitchens.

Drivers & Movement Operators

Transport and Mobility, from light to heavy vehicles carrying stores or troops to the international movement of troops and equipment.

Supply Technicians

Supply & Quartermaster support for the providing, accounting and managing of ammunition, fuel, rations, weapons, general stores, spare parts, vehicles and any other mission critical equipment required by the NZDF within NZ or overseas.

Vehicle Mechanics, Weapons Maintenance Technicians, Electronics Technicians, Electrical Fitters & Maintenance Fitters

Maintenance support for the repair and general maintenance of all the Army's equipment. This includes vehicles, radios, night vision devices, general engineering, electrical components and weapons.

Ammunition Technicians

Technical Ammunition support for the inspection, maintenance and disposal of all ammunition and explosives used by the New Zealand Army. This also includes civil NZ's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) capability.

History[edit]

Prior to 1996, the logistic support to the New Zealand Army was provided by three separate and distinct Corps; the Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RNZEME), the Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps (RNZAOC) and the Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport (RNZCT).[1]

On 4 April 1996 Major General Piers Reid signed a directive to initiate the establishment of a fully integrated logistic function in the New Zealand Army, with the intention of improving logistic support in both operational and non-operational environments. The integrated logistic organisation would combine the three separate Corps into a single Regiment. The new regiment, known as the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (RNZALR), was formed on 9 December 1996 with the disbandment of the RNZEME, RNZAOC and RNZCT.

HRH the Duke of York is the Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment.

See also[edit]

Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ New Zealand Army, Duke of York to visit Army Logistic Regiment, 23 September 2005
  • Bolton, J. S., A history of The Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps (Trentham: The Corps, 1992) (FR)
  • Cape, P., Craftsmen in uniform: the Corps of Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers: an account (Wellington: Corps of Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, c1976) (FR)