Scottish Transport Regiment
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|The Scottish Transport Regiment RLC|
Cap Badge of the Royal Logistic Corps
|Role||3rd Line Transport|
|Size||One Headquarters Squadron
Three Task Squadrons
527 HQ Squadron - Dunfermline
221 Tpt Squadron - Glasgow
230 Tpt Squadron - Edinburgh
251 Tpt Squadron - Irvine
|March||Quick March - On Parade
Slow March -Lion, Sword and Crown
|Anniversaries||Formation Day 5 Apr|
Battle of Waterloo
|Lieutenant Colonel Paul Holder RLC|
|Ceremonial chief||The Princess Royal|
|Col Rt Hon Adam Ingram|
|Tactical Recognition Flash|
The Scottish Transport Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, is a regiment of the Army Reserve in the United Kingdom. The Scottish Transport Regiment is the only regiment of the RLC based in Scotland. Its role is to provide general transport support at 'third line' for the British Army. In addition, it is paired ('twinned') with 27 Regiment RLC and 4 Regiment RLC, providing trained manpower to support them in conducting current operations around the world. In recent years, it has deployed personnel and formed units to both Op TELIC in Iraq and Op HERRICK in Afghanistan and with the UN on Op TOSCA in Cyprus.
- 1 Organisation
- 2 Primary Equipment
- 3 Soldier Trades
- 4 RHQ
- 5 Squadrons
- 6 Sports and Competitions
- 7 Regimental History
- 8 Regimental Pipes and Drums
- 9 Dress and Accoutrements
- 10 External links
It is part of the Royal Logistic Corps and consists of an RHQ and four squadrons:
- RHQ The Scottish Transport Regiment based in Dunfermline
- 527 Headquarters Squadron based in Dunfermline
- 221 Transport Squadron based in Glasgow
- 230 Transport Squadron based in Edinburgh
- 251 Transport Squadron based in Irvine
Each of the task squadrons is equipped with the Leyland-DAF Demountable Rack Off Load and Pick up System (DROPS), which is a Medium Mobility Load Carrier (MMLC). It is capable of carrying 15 tonnes of stocks or equipment cross country, either in an ISO container or loaded directly onto its demountable flat rack. This capacity can be doubled by the coupling of a King trailer.
In addition to the DROPS vehicle, the Squadrons are also equipped with the JCB 525 rough terrain fork lift truck; a number of different types of Landrover for both general use and acting as communications vehicles; field catering equipment; and modern weapon systems including the 5.56mm Rifle (SA80 A2).
The STR's domestic vehicles are 6T and 9T variants of the MAN Support Vehicle (MAN SV) (the military version of the MAN SX).
To enable the Squadron to operate their vehicles and equipment, its soldiers are trained and skilled in a wide variety of trades; these include: Drivers, Communication Specialists, Chefs, Military Clerks and Combat Medical Technicians. Each Squadron also has a Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) Workshop Section, which provides the trained Vehicle Mechanics, Electricians, Metal Smiths and Recovery Mechanics with skills and expertise in the repair and recovery of all Squadron equipment.
The Scottish Transport Regiment is commanded from the Regimental Headquarters (RHQ), which is based in Dunfermline.
Each Squadron has a Squadron Headquarters (SHQ) and three Troops. Initially, all recruits join X Ray Troop (which, in the case of 230 Sqn, is named MacKay Troop after Colonel David MacKay, the Honorary Colonel to the STR from April 2004 to April 2011). They remain there until they complete their basic trade qualifications (B3); for driver trades, this also means they must obtain category B (Car) and C (HGV 2) licences. Once they have their B3 qualification, trained soldiers move into one of the 2 task troops (A and B Troops) or the SHQ. At this stage, driver tradesmen can opt to train as a communications specialist.
Sports and Competitions
The Scottish Transport Regiment have a long tradition of success at team sports and competitions; and are currently the:
- TA Scottish Football Champions
- RLC TA Nordic Skiing Champions
- RLC TA Alpine Skiing Champions
- 51 (Scottish) Brigade Shooting Champions and Runners Up (OPCOM Units)
- RLC Army Reserve Gore Trophy (Military Skills) Mixed Champions
The regiment was formed on 1 April 1993 by the amalgamation of 153rd (Highland) Regiment and 154th (Lowland) Regiment of the Royal Corps of Transport. It originally comprised a headquarters squadron and four transport squadrons. An additional rations squadron was established in 1999, but has since been transferred to 159 Regiment RLC.
|Forming Regiments||The Royal Corps of Transport||The Royal Logistic Corps||Remarks|
|Formed on 5 April 1993 from the 153rd (Highland) and 154th (Lowland) Regiments RCT (TA)||The Scottish Transport Regiment RLC(V)|
|Formed 1 April 1967 at Dunfermline from 433 (Forth) Regiment RCT (TA)||153rd (Highland) Artillery Support Regiment|
|Formed from 51 Highland Division Regiment RCT (TA)||212 Amb Sqn (Perth, Aberdeen and Dunblane)|
|Formed from 52 (Lowland) Division and 69 (East Lowlands) Regiment RCT (TA)||230 (Edinburgh) Tpt Sqn||230 (Edinburgh) Tpt Sqn|
|Formed from 433 (Forth) Regiment RCT (TA)||231 Tpt Sqn (Dunfermline until 1998, then Glenrothes)||Reroled as 231 (Evacuation) Squadron in 225 General Support Medical Regiment RAMC, 1 July 1999|
|Formed from The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry/Scottish Horse (T)||239 (Highland Yeomanry) Tpt Sqn (Cupar, Kirkcaldy and Leven)||Reroled as C (Fife and Forfar/Scottish Horse) Squadron, The Scottish Yeomanry, 1 November 1992||Amalgamated with the Queen's Own Yeomanry in 96|
|Formed 1 April 1967 from 52 Lowland Division Regiment RCT (TA)||154th (Lowland) Transport Regiment|
|Formed from 528, 530 and 574 Squadrons RCT (TA)||221 (Glasgow) Tpt Sqn||221 (Glasgow) Tpt Sqn|
|Formed from 264 (Scottish) Regiment RCT (TA)||222 Tpt Sqn (East Kilbride)||Reroled as B (Lanarkshire and Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry) Squadron, The Scottish Yeomanry, 1 November 1992||Amalgamated with the Queen's Own Yeomanry in 1996|
|Formed from Queens Own Lowland Yeomanry (QOLY)||225 (QOLY) Tpt Sqn (Edinburgh)||Reroled as 'HQ' (Lothians and Border Horse) Squadron, The Scottish Yeomanry, 1 November 1992||Amalgamated with the Queen's Own Yeomanry in 1996|
|Formed from Cadre The Ayrshire Yeomanry||251 (Ayrshire) Tpt Sqn||251 (Ayrshire) Tpt Sqn|
|Formed 1 April 1993 by redesignation of 94 (Scottish) Ordnance Squadron RAOC (V)||125 Rations Sqn||Moved to 159 Supply Regt RLC(V) 1 April 2007|
|527 Company RASC, part of the 51st Highland Division Regiment RCT (TA) based in Perth||Renamed 212 Sqn RCT||527 HQ Sqn|
|Commanding Officers||From / To|
|Lt Col AM Matthew||Apr 93 - Nov 94|
|Lt Col RC Hambleton RLC(V)||Nov 94 - May 97|
|Lt Col AJ Parrott||May 97 - Aug 99|
|Lt Col T Couch||Aug 99 - Nov 01|
|Lt Col CJ Wensley||Jan 02 - Apr 04|
|Lt Col PR Couser MBE||May 4 - Dec 06|
|Lt Col LJ Maclean MBE||Jan 07 - Jun 09|
|Lt Col JW Galloway||Jul 09 - Dec 11|
|Lt Col PD Holder||Dec 11 - Aug 14|
|Lt Col G H Wilkinson||Aug 14 - Present|
Regimental Sergeant Majors
|Regimental Sergeant Majors||From / To|
|WO1(RSM) TS Raven||Jun 93 - Mar 96|
|WO1(RSM) MG Shipman||Apr 96 - Apr 98|
|WO1(RSM) PS Eaton||May 98 - May 00|
|WO1(RSM) D McBride||Jun 00 - Feb 02|
|WO1(RSM) GK Watson||Mar 02 - Oct 03|
|WO1(RSM) A Honeyman||Nov 03 - Mar 06|
|WO1(RSM) DP Foster||Mar 06 - May 08|
|WO1(RSM) AM Dunwell||Jun 08 - Jul 12|
|WO1(RSM) A McIntyre||Jul 12 - Aug 14|
|WO1(RSM) G Bruce||Aug 14 - Present|
The Regimental Hymn was written by Major Jim Smith MBE, the Padre to the Scottish Transport Regiment from 1999 to 2010.
(Sung to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers)
- Onward we will travel
- Scottish Transport Reg.
- And all those who join us
- On the road ahead
- As we drive on forward
- To support the need
- Lord we ask your blessing
- Help us to succeed
- Onward then we soldiers
- To defend the peace
- In this land and others
- We will never cease
- When we travel onwards
- Hold our loved ones tight
- In thy mighty hand lord
- As we face the fight
- We are not divided
- All one family we
- Thistle is our emblem
- Proud for all to see
- Onward then we soldiers
- To defend the peace
- In this land and others
- We will never cease
Regimental Pipes and Drums
The Scottish Transport Regiment currently has no formed Pipes and Drums, although it formed an affiliation with the Dunfermline and District Pipe Band, which has become known as the Dunfermline District & Scottish Transport Regiment Pipe Band, who practice at the TA Centre in Dunfermline on Monday and Thursday Nights between 19.00 - 21.00hrs under the direction of their Pipe Major, Mr Donald McPhee.
Dress and Accoutrements
From the formation of The Highland Divisional Transport and Supply Column ASC (TA) in 1908, the antecedents of the STR did not have an official Regimental Tartan. Indeed, it was not until 1937, when 51st Highland Divisional RASC (TA) formed the Regiment’s first Pipes and Drums, that this lack of a Regimental Tartan became an issue. In 1937, the Commanding Officer, Lt Col T Harris Hunter OBE, gained the consent of Princess Arthur of Connaught for the Pipes and Drums to wear the Red MacDuff Tartan. Princess Arthur was Duchess of Fife – where the RHQ was based and remains to this day – and her husband, Prince Arthur of Connaught, was the first Colonel in Chief of the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC), the forerunner of the RCT and thence the RLC. The official designation of the Regiment’s Tartan is No16 Red MacDuff (Ancient).
The name MacDuff means 'son of the dark one' (MacDhuibh in the Gaelic) and the MacDuffs are descended from the same ancient royal house as Shakespeare's Macbeth. Traditionally, MacDuff was the first Earl of Fife; he opposed Macbeth and helped Malcolm to the Throne. Fife is, of course, the home of the Regimental HQ, which is based in Dunfermline. The MacDuffs, under their earl, had the privilege of crowning the king and of always being in the front ranks of his army - a position of great honour. In 1306, Robert the Bruce had Duncan MacDuff, Earl of Fife, imprisoned for seven years, as he had been a supporter of the Comyns. The motto of the MacDuff clan is Deus Juvet: God Assists.
Head Dress and Cap Badge
From 1937 until 1978, the Red MacDuff tartan was worn only by the Regiment’s Pipes and Drums. On 9 January 1978, authorisation for the wearing of the wearing of a diamond shaped 13⁄4 inch Red MacDuff backing to the cap-badge was granted by the Army Dress Committee to both 153 (Highland) Artillery Support Regiment RCT and 154 (Lowland) Transport Regiment RCT. This was ratified by the Corps Dress Committee (RCT) on 9 February 1978. The change in dress was unfunded (and remains unfunded) and took some time to complete, with 221 (Glasgow) Sqn RCT being the last to change (29 January 1979).
In July 2009, a request was made to the Corps Dress Committee to allow the STR to adopt the Tam o' Shanter (TOS) to reinforce the Scottish Identity of the STR, support unit ethos and support unit recruiting and retention. This change was agreed at the 334th Meeting of the RLC Dress Committee and the Scottish Transport Regiment now wear the TOS rather than the dark blue beret of the Royal Logistic Corps. While the cap badge of the STR is the same as that of the Royal Logistic Corps, all ranks wear a diamond shaped patch of MacDuff Tartan behind the cap badge.
153 Highland Artillery Support Regiment's 239 (Highland) Transport Sqn, which was formed in 1967 from the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, was allowed to retain the Atholl Bonnet as their head dress. However, this tradition was not retained when the squadron reroled as C (Fife and Forfar / Scottish Horse) Squadron, The Scottish Yeomanry, on 1 November 1992 (later to be amalgamated with the Queen's Own Yeomanry in 1996).
Tactical Recognition Flash (TRF)
As a regiment in the Royal Logisitc Corps, the Scottish Transport Regiment wear the TRF of the Royal Logistic Corps.
Unlike the remainder of the Royal Logistic Corps, the Officers and Warrant Officers Class One all wear highland brogues when parading in No 2 Dress.
Pipes and Drums
The Regiment's Pipes and Drums wear the MacDuff Ancient Tartan and doublets of piper green with white facings. Their feather bonnets carry a red, white and blue hackle denoting the colours of the Royal Corps of Transport. To denote their fully combatant status pipers and drummers are armed with the Highland Dirk with senior ranks carrying the Sqian Dubh (Black Knife) which is worn in their hose. The Pipe Major carries a banner affixed to the drone of his pipes, bearing the device - or cypher - of the Regimental Honorary Colonel. The baldrik, worn by the Drum Major is a ceremonial item which originates in the drummers sash in which drummers used to carry their drumsticks. A pair of miniature silver drumsticks is still fitted to the baldrik.