Regiments and Corps

Royal Logistic Corps

A supply convoy bound for Forward Operating Bases Nolay, Gibraltar and Sangin, Helmand, Afghanistan, 2009

A supply convoy bound for Forward Operating Bases Nolay, Gibraltar and Sangin, Helmand, Afghanistan, 2009

Origins

The unit was formed in April 1993 by merging the Royal Corps of Transport, the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, the Royal Pioneer Corps, the Army Catering Corps and the Royal Engineers Postal and Courier Service.

Other ranks' cap badge, The Royal Logistic Corps, c1993

Destruction by RLC ordnance disposal of a car used to transport weapons and explosives, Kosovo, 1999

RLC ordnance disposal destroy a car used to transport weapons and explosives, Kosovo, 1999

Role

The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) is responsible for moving soldiers, materials, motor vehicles, tanks, ammunition, fuel, food and other supplies to where they are needed. Without the vital services and skills of the RLC, it would be impossible for the Army to operate properly.

The corps is responsible for thousands of motor vehicles as well as the Army’s storage, ordnance and fuel depots. It also operates the Army's air dispatch service, and maritime and rail transport. It provides pioneer labour and cooks, and is involved in explosive ordnance disposal.

Members of the corps help manage and maintain IT systems that aid logistics, and fix problems with network infrastructures and operating systems. They ensure the secure delivery of mail for all three armed services and also serve as photographers.

A supply convoy in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2009

Deployments

In recent years, the corps has deployed units to Northern Ireland during the final years of ‘the Troubles’, served with the British Army of the Rhine in Germany, and undertaken peace-keeping duties in Cyprus, Bosnia and Kosovo (1999). It also served in the recent conflicts in Afghanistan (2001-14) and Iraq (2003-11).

Royal Logistic Corps Museum

The National Army Museum works together with Regimental and Corps Museums across the country to help provide a network of military museums for everyone to visit and enjoy.

Explore the history and collections of the Royal Logistic Corps by visiting the Royal Logistic Corps Museum at Deepcut in Surrey.

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