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Exercise IRON VIPER 15

66 Fuel and General Transport Squadron have been deployed on Exercise IRON VIPER 15 providing logistic support to the newly formed VANGUARD Enabling Group (based on 17 Port and Maritime Regiment). This challenging exercise involved 113 soldiers and officers from across 9 Regiment RLC from all trade groups; Drivers, Logistic Specialist Suppliers and Communications Specialists. The Squadron was formed of 3 troops; General Transport Troop, Supply Troop and Petroleum Troop.

The General Transport Troop operated a variety of vehicles including DROPS, MAN SV15T, MAN SV6T and CST(Fuel). The Troop drove over 11,500km and moved 400 pallets of Combat Supplies and other Material. The highlight was the logistic operation to out-load the MV HURST, one of Defences 6 roll-on/roll-off sealift ships. In concert with 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, the Troop had to drive on and off the ship collecting stores and vehicles, a task which took a great amount of skill and certainly tested our soldiers!

The Supply Troop consisted of an Ammunition Section, Material Section, Rendezvous Section and a specialist Medical Supply Section. In support of the exercise they designed, created and produced 200 pallets of simulated ammunition and 21 ISO containers of supplies. Their main task was to consignment track using the latest Logistic Information Systems through a complex supply chain involving road and sea movement across England and Wales.


The Petroleum Troop have built and operated a Bulk Fuel Installation using the new Joint Operational Fuel System. The installation now holds some 270,000L of Diesel ‘ thought to be the most ever held in the system in the UK! The Troop has worked with a civilian contractor to receipt just under 300,000L of Diesel and will test, store and issue the fuel to a variety of Military Units.

The Royal Logistic Corps

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
Great work from 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood #BritishArmyLogistics #WeAreTheRLC ... See MoreSee Less