Tactical recognition flash

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Red and blue tactical recognition flash of the Royal Artillery.

A tactical recognition flash (TRF) is a coloured patch worn on the arm of combat clothing by members of the Royal Navy,[1] British Army[2] and Royal Air Force as well as a number of other Commonwealth militaries to distinguish their regiment or corps in the absence of a cap badge. It is similar to but distinct from the DZ Flashes worn by members of Airborne Forces. The colours of the TRF are sometimes derived from the unit's stable belt.

The Light Dragoons Flash shown here is often called the Balaklava Flash, it is a distinction that was awarded by the Colonel-in-Chief Baden Powell.[citation needed]

TRFs should not be confused with formation signs or insignia, which are used to denote the formation (usually brigade or division or a higher headquarters) and are worn in addition to TRFs by a member of any regiment or corps serving in that formation.

Naval Service[edit]

In 2007, the Royal Navy introduced a TRF, the RN corporate logo.[3] This short lived idea was abolished in late 2008 by a decision of the Naval Service Clothing Committee, along with the large "Royal Navy" breast patch, and replaced by a curved shoulder patch with the same wording.

Army[edit]

Royal Armoured Corps Army Air Corps Royal Regiment of Artillery Royal Corps of Signals Corps of Royal Engineers
None[4]
AAC TRF.svg
Royal Artillery TRF.svg
Royal Signals TRF.svg
Royal Engineers TRF.svg
Corps of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Royal Logistic Corps Intelligence Corps Royal Army Chaplains' Department Infantry
REME TRF.svg
RLC TRF.svg
Intelligence Corps TRF.svg
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None[4]
Adjutant General's Corps Royal Army Medical Corps Royal Army Veterinary Corps Royal Army Dental Corps Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
None
RAMC TRF.svg
RAVC TRF.svg
RADC TRF.svg
QARANC TRF.svg
United Kingdom Special Forces Corps of Army Music Royal Army Physical Training Corps Small Arms School Corps Royal Army Ordnance Corps
None
No data
RAPTC TRF.svg
No data
RAOC TRF.svg
Honourable Artillery Company (Corps of Drums only)
GuardsTRF.svg

Royal Armoured Corps[edit]

Regular Regiments
Household Cavalry Regiment 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Royal Dragoon Guards Queen's Royal Hussars
GuardsTRF.svg
QDG TRF.PNG
RSDG TRF.svg
RDG TRF.svg
QRH TRF.svg
9th/12th Royal Lancers King's Royal Hussars Light Dragoons Queen's Royal Lancers 1st Royal Tank Regiment
9th 12th Royal Lancers TRF.svg
KRH TRF.svg
Light Dragoons TRF.svg
QRL TRF.svg
1st RTR TRF.svg
2nd Royal Tank Regiment
2nd RTR TRF.svg
Yeomanry Regiments
Royal Yeomanry Royal Wessex Yeomanry Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry Queen's Own Yeomanry
Royal Yeomanry TRF 2nd pattern.svg
Royal Wessex Yeomanry TRF.svg
RMLY TRF.svg
Queen's Own Yeomanry TRF.svg

Army Air Corps[edit]

1st Regiment, Army Air Corps 2nd Regiment, Army Air Corps 3rd Regiment, Army Air Corps 4th Regiment, Army Air Corps 5th Regiment, Army Air Corps
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No data
3rd AAC TRF.svg
4 AAC TRF.svg
No data
6th Regiment, Army Air Corps 7th Regiment, Army Air Corps 9th Regiment, Army Air Corps
No data
7th AAC TRF.svg
9th AAC TRF.svg

Infantry[edit]

Infantry Regiments
Foot Guards Royal Regiment of Scotland Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
GuardsTRF.svg
Royal Regiment of Scotland TRF.png
PWRR TRF.svg
LANCS TRF.svg
RRF TRF.svg
Royal Anglian Regiment Yorkshire Regiment Mercian Regiment Royal Welsh Royal Irish Regiment
None
Yorkshire Regiment TRF.svg
Mercian TRF.svg
None
Royal Irish Regiment TRF.svg
Parachute Regiment Royal Gurkha Rifles The Rifles London Regiment Royal Gibraltar Regiment
None
Gurkhas TRF.svg
Rifles TRF.svg
GuardsTRF.svg
Royal Gibraltar Regiment TRF.svg
Bermuda Regiment
Flag of Bermuda.svg
Former Infantry Regiments
Royal Scots King's Own Scottish Borderers Royal Highland Fusiliers Royal Highland Regiment Highlanders
Royal Scots TRF.svg
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Queen's Regiment Royal Hampshire Regiment Queen's Lancashire Regiment King's Regiment
ASH TRF.svg
King's TRF.svg
King's Own Royal Border Regiment Lancastrian and Cumbrian Volunteers Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment) Duke of Wellington's Regiment
KORBR TRF.svg
Lanc & Cumb Vol TRF.svg
PWORY TRF.svg
Green Howards TRF.svg
DWR TRF 2nd pattern.svg
Tyne-Tees Regiment
TTR TRF.svg
Infantry Battalions and Sub-units
1st Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
FIRST FUSILIERS TRF.svg
SECOND FUSILIERS TRF.svg
FIFTH FUSILIERS TRF.svg
1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment 2nd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment 3rd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment
1st R Anglian TRF.svg
2nd R Anglian TRF.svg
3rd R Anglian TRF.svg
1st Battalion, Mercian Regiment 2nd Battalion, Mercian Regiment 3rd Battalion, Mercian Regiment 4th Battalion, Mercian Regiment
1st Mercian TRF.svg
2nd Mercian TRF.svg
3rd Mercian TRF.svg
HQ, Royal Welsh Regiment 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Regiment 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Regiment 3rd Battalion, Royal Welsh Regiment
HQ R. Welsh TRF.svg
R WELSH TRF.PNG
2nd R. Welsh TRF.svg
3rd R. Welsh TRF.svg

Adjutant General's Corps[edit]

Royal Military Police Military Provost Staff Military Provost Guard Service Army Legal Services Staff and Personnel Support Educational and Training Services
RMP TRF.svg
MPS TRF 1st Pattern.svg
MPGS TRF.svg
ALS TRF.svg
SPS TRF.svg
ETS TRF.svg

Royal Air Force[edit]

Royal Air Force No. 1 Squadron RAF Regiment No. II Squadron RAF Regiment No. 3 Squadron RAF Regiment No. 15 Squadron RAF Regiment No. 26 Squadron RAF Regiment
RAF TRF.svg
Rafdz.jpg
No. 27 Squadron RAF Regiment No. 34 Squadron RAF Regiment No. 51 Squadron RAF Regiment No. 58 Squadron RAF Regiment No. 63 Squadron RAF Regiment

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007DIN04-101, Introduction of The Royal Navy Tactical Recognition Flash for CS95
  2. ^ JSP 336 (3rd Edition), Volume 12, Part 3, Pamphlet 15, BADGES, EMBELLISHMENTS AND HEADDRESS (now superseded by JSP 886)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b Each regiment has its own separate cap badge, insignia and tactical recognition flash.