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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

RHQ The RLC is delighted to announce that Her Majesty the Queen has graciously appointed Major (Retd) Harry Lomas MBE BEM FIH as the Honorary Colonel of 167 Catering Support Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, with effect 1st March 2021. Throughout his career, Colonel Harry has worked as venue manager at the 2012 Olympics, Executive Head Chef at the Grove Hotel and also as Head of Culinary with Delaware North at Wembley Stadium. Welcoming the Honorary Colonel to the Regiment via a video call, the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jo Young said: “With his background, experience and passion for catering, Colonel Harry will be a superb ambassador and role model for both the new recruits coming in, as well as the more senior members of the Regiment. He has a depth of military and civilian catering knowledge and a remarkable network within the culinary industry which he plans to mobilise to the benefit of the Army Reserve Chef. We are looking forward to working with Colonel Harry to reinforce the unique position of the British Army’s only Regiment of Chefs”.#BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain #WeAreTheRLC 167 Catering Support Regiment RLC ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to RLC soldier LCpl Stu Elvin of the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC), Bassingbourn Barracks, who has received two bronze medals at the World Rowing Indoor Championships 2021. LCpl Elvin has represented the Army in rowing for a number of years. Having individually qualified at the British Championships for the Men's (age 30-39) 500m to race at the World Championships, he was also selected to represent the Armed Forces in the Men's Team race. The races took place on 23 Feb 21, where LCpl achieved third place in his individual race and an hour later, he received another bronze medal as he played an integral part of the Armed Forces Men's Team. His commitment and success in rowing is nothing short of impressive with his ability to balance work, training and family life along with the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19. Competing in any sport at this level requires a unique strength and determination – something which the LCpl displays in abundance, putting in hours of solitary training, where he has had to use his mental resilience to push himself further than most would. ... See MoreSee Less