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17 Port and Maritime Regiment

17 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC are based at Marchwood, near Southampton, on the fringe of the New Forest. The unit provides the UK Armed Forces' only specialist Port & Maritime, Vehicle Support Specialist, Operational Hygiene, and Mortuary Affairs capabilities, and deploys regularly in support of operations and exercises around the world, including in support of the Royal Marines.

Organisation and equipment:

The Regiment has two Port Squadrons, a Port Enabling and Headquarters Squadron, and a REME Workshop & Shipyard. It operates a wide variety of vehicles, plant, and vessels, including: Workboats, Combat Support Boats, the unique and capable MEXEFLOTE rafts, and Rigid Raider Craft. It also has the only military Dive Team in the RLC, responsible for a range of tasks including port clearance and vessel maintenance.

Trades and specialisations:

RLC Soldiers serving as Port Operators, Mariners, Marine Engineers, or Vehicle Specialists would predominantly serve with the Regiment for most of their careers, though almost any RLC trade has the opportunity to serve with the unit. Once serving in any of these trades, personnel may apply to become an RLC Diver but need to pass the All Arms Diver course, which requires extremely high levels of fitness and is considered as difficult as either P-Company or the All Arms Commando course.

Similarly, REME soldiers also serve with the Regiment, and Shipwright is also one of the specialist trades that predominantly spend the majority of their careers here.

Reserve pairing:

The Regiment is paired with its sister unit in the reserves, 165 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC.

Point of contact:

17 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC
McMullen Barracks
SO40 4ZG

Telephone: 02380 664 393

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