104th Logistic Support Brigade (United Kingdom)
|104th Logistic Support Brigade|
|Part of||Force Troops Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Duke of Gloucester Barracks, South Cerney|
The Brigade commands Land Forces' logistic enabling capabilities:
- Postal and Courier Services.
- Movement Control.
- Air Dispatch.
- Port and Maritime (which includes a Vehicle Specialist).
- Operational Hygiene.
- Attached medical assets, field hospitals, field ambulances and medical support squadrons.
- Mortuary Affairs.
In addition the Brigade delivers a Military Working Dogs capability; commanding a Military Working Dogs Support Squadron (one of 5 - the others being 101 and 102 Logistic Brigades). The force elements that provide these capabilities are Joint enablers as they enable and support all deployed components.
With these capabilities, the Brigade activates strategic and operational Lines of Communications; mounting and deploying forces that provide specialist logistic support effects in support of joint expeditionary and enduring operations.
The Brigade Headquarters provides operational command to 5 Regular and 4 Territorial Army (TA) units; of which 8 are Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) and 1 is Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC). The TA units are grouped under 2 Logistic Support Group RLC(V), which is commanded by an RLC TA Colonel. Training and force preparation is collaborative between the Regular and TA.
Over and above deploying forces to enable and support world-wide operations and overseas training exercises, the Brigade operates the Joint Air Mounting Centre (JAMC) at Duke of Gloucester Barracks and facilitates, through 17 Port & Meritime Regiment RLC, the Sea Mounting Centre (SMC) at Marchwood Military Port, near Southampton, ensuring that the UK end of deployments are fully enabled and effective at all times. The headquarters itself is deployable in the Force Support command and control role.
The Brigade itself consisted of the following regiments:
- 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC
- Based in McMullen Barracks, situated opposite the Sea Mounting Centre (SMC) near Southampton.
- Facilitates operations within the SMC through the provision of military personnel (when not deployed on operations), providing on-the-job training to its personnel, whilst minimising the MoD's requirement for civilian contractors.
- Besides providing the Army's only Port & Maritime capability, the Regiment also provides the Army's only Vehicle Support Specialist, Operational hygiene, and Mortuary Affairs capability, having assumed the later two roles from 23 Pioneer Regiment RLC, prior to its disbandment in 2014.
- 29 Regiment RLC
- BFG-based elements in Bielefeld, Germany.
- Provides fixed postal support for Germany based units.
- Provides deployable movement control (MOVCON) support.
- Provides deployable postal and courier (PCS) support.
- RHQ 29 Regiment RLC
- Based at Duke of Gloucester Barracks near Swindon.
- Runs the Joint Air Mounting Centre.
- Territorial Army Units
- 162 Movement Control Regiment (Volunteers).
- 165 Port and Maritime Regiment (Volunteers).
- 17 Port & Maritime Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps
- 165 (Wessex) Port and Enabling Regiment,The Royal Logistic Corps
- 29 Postal Courier & Movement Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps
- 162 Postal Courier & Movement Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
- 2 Operational Support Group, formerly Operational Headquarters Support Group (Logistic and Movement Staff)
- 152 Fuel Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
- 167 Catering Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
- Headquarters Expeditionary Forces Institute (EFI) and 148 EFI Squadron