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Contributing to Somalian security efforts

British Forces are currently deployed as part of Op TANGHAM, with RLC officers and soldiers contributing to over 20% of the deployed force.

There are five distinct contributions that The RLC is making across Somalia, which include allowing the Somali National Army (SNA) to be accountable and professional and developing the capability of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in assisting the SNA to defeat Al-Shabaab.

Additionally, they are providing targeted CSS to multi-national organisations such as the European Union Training Mission, UN Political Mission and UN Field Mission.

Working in Somalia is not without its challenges; recent flooding has been the worst in fifty years, Al-Shabaab still controls much of the country and progress is measured in years rather than months. It is nonetheless an extremely rewarding tour, where The RLC is making a real difference.

Main efforts

The UK’s main effort in Somalia is focused on directly training the SNA. This is routinely enforced by Specialised Infantry Training Teams but also involves logistic, ES and medical mentoring.

Capt Rob Cooke is employed as the SO3 J4, mentoring the officers and soldiers of the SNA 60 Division Headquarters in Baidoa.

Maj Austin Prendiville is the 2IC of the Mission Support Team delivering mentoring assistance to AMISOM.

Embedded within the UN Field Mission, RLC soldiers are deployed as part of the largest British Army contribution to Somalia, within the UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). This includes RLC Drivers RLC Suppliers.

Two RLC Officers are currently embedded within the UN Political Mission. Lt Col Gary Pugh is Military Advisor at the UN Office in Somaliland and RLC Reservist Maj David Millen, covers Jubaland from a UN base in Kismaayo.

British Officers are embedded in the EU Training Mission with The RLC providing the Chief Support Advisor.  Lt Col Steve Fisher leads a multi-national team of SMEs in finance, logistics, and medical, and advises the General Staff of the Somali National Army.

The relationships they all build are vital in helping reduce tension and conflict between parties, clans and neighboring states.

Violent eruptions are common, therefore diplomacy is a vital skill and combined with professional knowledge, local tensions can be reduced allowing the region to focus on the creation of stability and peace.

 

The Royal Logistic Corps

Over the weekend, 154 Scottish Regiment RLC hosted Exercise MUDMASTER, the annual off-road driver training challenge that tests drivers’ skills and precision behind the wheel of different vehicles. The event, which took place in Dunfermline, Stirling and Linlithgow in Scotland, aims to develop the safe driving skills of the Corps’ soldiers with conditions that are designed to test their capabilities to the fullest. More than 100 teams entered, with both regular, reserve and civilian personnel taking part in challenges including navigation, observation, discipline and safety; all essential skills needed for deploying on future operations. #BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain #WeAreTheRLC ... See MoreSee Less
Over the last two weeks, seven members of the 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood Regimental Dive Team successfully organised the ‘deep phase’ of Exercise SUBMERGED CRUSADER 21 in the Isle of Skye, Scotland. In total, 20 divers took part in numerous training serials including: live decompression up to depths of 42m, ultrathermic cutting, hydraulic tools, search and recovery and a seabed survey in the murky depths of Loch Alsh, Loch Akin and Loch Na Beiste. The team were ably supported by the dive tender MV Moorhen and a Navy Chamber crew from the Defence Diving School who conducted lessons on safely recovering a diver to a recompression chamber.#BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain #WeAreTheRLC ... See MoreSee Less
RLC personnel from BATUK have been helping to make donations of food and books to Hope and Homes Recreation Centre, a local orphanage home to 56 children in Kenya. Hope and Homes first became a registered recreation centre in 2011 by Suzanne Wangiru. Suzanne created the centre in order to rehabilitate street children, as well as orphans and young girls that have been rescued form early marriages. Cpl Shannon Stevens who is currently on detachment from 13AASR, commented on her experience visiting this fundamental centre: “When we entered the Centre, we were taken by surprise as there were more children than we had imagined there would be. We helped to distribute food, drawing books and reading books and the children were ecstatic. It was a surreal experience at Hope and Homes, full of differing emotions, but it was definitely a great opportunity for the members of CSS 2nd Line to engage with the community creating a better working relationship with BATUK.”Major R Crane MBE RLC, SO2 CSS BATUK commented: “Witnessing the delight on the kids’ faces when they received the books and clothes that had been donated by friends and families across UK was very humbling. There are so many children in need and every little helps.” #BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain #WeAreTheRLC ... See MoreSee Less