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165 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC

Unique within the Army Reserve, 165 Port and Maritime Regt RLC is based across the South of England, with Regimental Headquarters located in Plymouth and sub units as follows:
  • 142 (Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars) Vehicle Squadron RLC - Banbury 

  •  232 (Cornwall) Port Squadron RLC - Bodmin 

  • 264 (Plymouth) Headquarters Squadron RLC - Plymouth (Derriford Army Reserve Centre)

  • 265 (Devon) Port Squadron RLC - Plymouth (Derriford Army Reserve Centre)

  • 266 (Southampton) Port Squadron RLC - Southampton (Blighmont Army Reserve Centre)

  • 710 (Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars) Operational Hygiene Squadron - Aylesbury

The Role of the Regiment

Life is never dull in our unit. We train as Port Operators in order to load and unload ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary that carry stores and equipment for British Forces on operations overseas. We specialise in unloading ships and getting stores ashore where no established port exists.
We also train as Seaman and Marine Engineers in order to pilot and maintain our fleet of inshore vessels such as Landing Ships (Logistics) and Mexeflote powered rafts. We work alongside our Regular counterparts, at 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC home and around the world.
We now also employ Vehicle Specialists with a full spectrum of licences to ensure the safe and efficient movement of vehicles in transit and Operational Hygiene Specialists to deliver essential showering and laundry services to units - in particular hospitals - in the field and on operations around the world.

Qualifications and travel:

Working within our unit it is possible to gain seamanship qualifications as well as licences to drive and operate vehicles, cranes and other mechanical handling equipment. Regular opportunities to travel abroad arise whenever the operational need, when major exercises take place, or simply on Adventure Training!


165 Port and Maritime Regiment was one of the first Army Reserve units to deploy during the Iraq Conflict. In 2003, elements of the Regiment deployed first to Cyprus and then onward to Umm Qasr in Iraq where we served with distinction in getting stores and equipment ashore and forward to where it was needed. In 2013, a Troop of 32 soldiers from 165 Regiment deployed for 6 months to Nicosia, Cyprus, in support of the UN Peacekeeping operations there. Currently, members of the Regiment have deployed or will deploy to Jordan, Canada, Germany, Norway, France and Afghanistan

Live for the weekend

165 is regularly involved in Sports and Adventure Training (which Reserve Soldiers receive normal pay and travel allowances). Army Adventure Training opportunities include Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Canoeing/Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Caving and Skiing and are open to all ranks, ages and skills. 165 also frequently take to the seas in Offshore Sailing through the Royal Naval facilities in Gosport. Civilian-recognised qualifications can be gained through the Army in all these disciplines.

If you are ready for a challenge and part time work in a completely new environment, please get in touch.

Contact us

Regimental Headquarters
165 Port and Maritime Regt RLC
Derriford Army Reserve Centre
Tel: 0345 600 8080 (Army Recruitment)

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