Royal Logistic Corps
|Royal Logistic Corps|
|Active||5 April 1993 – present|
|Garrison/HQ||Worthy Down Camp, Winchester|
Lion, Sword and Crown
|Corps Colonel||Colonel P A Allen ADC|
|Master-General||Maj-Gen Simon T. Hutchings, OBE|
|Tactical recognition flash|
The Royal Logistic Corps provides logistic support functions to the British Army. It is the largest Corps in the Army.
|Arms of the British Army|
|Combat Support Arms|
The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed on 5 April 1993, by the union of five British Army corps:
- Royal Engineers Postal and Courier Service
- Royal Corps of Transport
- Royal Army Ordnance Corps
- Royal Pioneer Corps
- Army Catering Corps
The RLC comprises both Regular and Army Reserve units.
The RLC is the only combat service support corps of the British Army with battle honours, derived from the usage of previous transport elements of the Royal Waggon Train, and their successors as cavalry. The battle honours are:
The RLC cap badge is an amalgamation of the cap badges of the forming corps:
- The laurel and garter band is from the Royal Engineers
- The Indian star is from the Royal Corps of Transport
- The shield in the centre is from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps
- The crossed axes are from the Royal Pioneer Corps
- The motto, "We Sustain", is from the Army Catering Corps
The inscription on the garter band "Honi soit qui mal y pense" can be translated as "Shame on anyone who thinks evil of it". It is the motto of the Order of the Garter.
The Corps Headquarters is at Worthy Down Camp near Winchester. It is headed by a Colonel (Colonel RLC) as the professional head of the Corps. Col RLC is responsible for the Moral Component, regimental infrastructure and support and works to Commander Home Command. Col RLC remains responsible for the Corps of Drums, which often parades with the RLC Band. (AG).
The RLC Band was formed in 1993. It provides musical support while also representing the Royal Logistic Corps, and on occasion, the wider British Army. They are able to produce no more than 12 working ensembles at a time. These include a marching band, big band, fanfare team, and acoustic groups.
The Royal Logistic Corps Museum was based at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut near Camberley in Surrey, but was closed prior to a move to Worthy Down near Winchester, where it re-opened in May 2021.
List of units
- Commando Logistic Support Squadron RLC – part of the Commando Logistic Regiment
- 20 Transport Squadron RLC – part of London District
- 44 Support Squadron RLC – part of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
- 105 Logistic Support Squadron – part of British Army Training Unit Suffield
- 132 Aviation Supply Squadron RLC – part of 7 Aviation Close Support Battalion REME
- 821 EOD & Search Squadron RLC – part of 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD)
- Joint Helicopter Support Squadron – part of Joint Helicopter Command
- 2 Operational Support Group
Master General of Logistics
There is also a ceremonial head (instituted in 2009), who heads the Corps and its wider family such as the Associations and Cadets, known as the Master General of Logistics (MGL). Holders of the post include:
- General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue (2009–2012)
- Lieutenant General Sir Mark Poffley (2012–2021)
- Major General Simon T. Hutchings (2021–present)
The Sustainer is the magazine of the RLC Association. The Waggoner remains the Journal of the RASC/RCT Association. The RAOC Gazette that of the RAOC Association and The Pioneer of the RPC Association. The Review is an annual magazine of essays published by the Corps.
The RLC has five Victoria Cross holders; Five derive historically from establishments that eventually became the Royal Corps of Transport.
- Private Samuel Morley VC. Military Train. 15 April 1858.
- Private (Farrier) Michael Murphy VC (forfeited). Military Train. 15 April 1858.
- Assistant Commissary James Langley Dalton VC. Commissariat & Transport Department. 22 January 1879.
- Second Lieutenant Alfred Cecil Herring VC. Army Service Corps. 23 March 1918.
- Private Richard George Masters VC. Army Service Corps. 9 April 1918.
Order of precedence
- Royal Logistic Corps Museum
- Royal Army Service Corps
- Options for Change
- Loss of Strength Gradient
- British logistics in the Boer War
- British logistics in the Falklands War
- Hong Kong Logistic Support Regiment RLC
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- ^ "Welcome". Royal Logistic Corps Museum. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
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- ^ "Reserve RLC Units". Retrieved 2 February 2021.
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- ^ "No. 60163". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 June 2012. p. 10780.
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