The Wolf Pack
“For the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack”. Rudyard Kipling
27 Regiment RLC is a Theatre Logistic Regiment. It is currently based in Travers Barracks, Aldershot and is part of 101 Logistic Brigade. The Regiment consists of 77 Headquarters Squadron, 8 Fuel and General Transport Squadron, 91 Supply Squadron based in Aldershot and 19 Tank Transporter Squadron based in Bulford.
The Regiment is made up of the following Squadrons:
- 77 Headquarters Squadron – Provides communication, catering and administrative output
- 91 Supply Squadron - Provides the Logistic Supply Chain expertise and management of critical spares to the Brigade and deployed force elements
- 8 Fuel and General Transport Squadron - Consists of Petroleum Operators and Close Support Tanker drivers, performing the fuel supply and general transport function for Brigade and Divisional activities
- 19 Tank Transporter Squadron - Is the only UK based Squadron providing the Tank Transporter functionality for Army Headquarters by combining Army Sponsored Reserve and Regular personnel with state-of-the-art heavy lift equipment
- REME LAD - Provides equipment support to the Regiment.
The Regiment is paired with reservist units 154 (Scottish) and 156 Regiment RLC.
27 Regiment RLC is a Theatre Logistic Regiment (TLR) and is currently the TLR at readiness should the British Army be required to deploy a Division against an enemy. The Regiment is trained and prepared to meet this considerable sustainment challenge. To put this into some perspective, when a division is conducting high intensity combat operations it can consume in the region of 800,000 litres of fuel, 760 pallets of ammunition and 700,000 litres of water a day. 27 Regiment would be the unit moving these stocks and consumables to a second line unit, sometimes over considerable distances.
Exercises: We have soldiers deployed all over the world: Ex DEFENDER EUROPE, BATUS (Canada), BATUK (Kenya), BFSAI (Falkland Islands) and BATSUB (Belize). We also regularly exercise within the UK from Troop up to Brigade level.
Operational Tours: Most recently the Regiment deployed on Operation TOSCA, part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus for six months (October 2019- March 2020). We also have a 19 Squadron commitment to Operation CABRIT (Estonia). Previously the Regiment has deployed on Operations: TELIC, HERRICK, OLYMPICS RESOLUTE, GRAPPLE and BANNER.
The Regiment has a host of vehicles and equipment to ensure we can fulfill operational requirements.
- Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)
- Modified Light Equipment Transporter (MLET)
- Enhanced Pallet Load System (EPLS)
- Unit Support Tanker (UST)
- Close Support Tanker (CST) – Ability to transport bulk fuel and water
- Logistic Support Vehicle’s (SV) – 6, 9 and 15 tonne variants
- Joint Operational Fuels System (JOFS) – Army in-service modular system for storage of bulk fuel.
27 Regiment RLC is one of largest and most diverse regiments within the RLC and Army, with over 700 personnel and 25 different nationalities represented.
The Regiment also employs personnel in a number of different trades, including:
- Driver Tank Transporter Operators
- Petroleum Operators
- Logistic Supply Specialists
- Communication Specialists
Officer specialisms include: Contracts Officer, Petroleum Officer and Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO).
Personnel are also attached from the following Cap Badges: Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), Adjutant Generals Corps (AGC- SPS).
I work in an SQMS department. I have lots of responsibility, accounting for and maintaining the stores and requirements of the Squadron. From the outset I was keen to make a good impression, getting stuck in and working hard.
In my first year of being in the Regiment, I had managed to accomplish many personal goals. I represented 27 Regiment and the Army in both hockey and Alpine skiing, including a hockey tour to Barbados. I also competed as part of the Regimental Military Skills team. So far my greatest personal achievement has been winning The RLC Young Sportswomen of the year award. A highlight of my time in the Regiment has been deploying on Operation TOSCA 31 as part of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. As a private soldier I could not have asked for a better experience and the opportunities afforded to me have inspired me to develop my own abilities and confidence.
Lance Corporal Pickering
Driver Tank Transporter Operators (DTTO) deploy on exercises and operations all over the world. On completing my trade training, I deployed on Exercise URBAN WARRIOR where we moved 60 armoured fighting vehicles to a training area in France. I was responsible for the movement of a Trojan; a large tracked armoured engineering vehicle. Quite an experience for a newly qualified DTTO.
Recently, I deployed on Exercise DEFENDER EUROPE as part of the UK's contribution to this large-scale NATO Exercise. We used 24 transporters to move the US Abrams Main Battle Tank across Europe. Prior to this I deployed to Estonia, as part of a Battlegroup supporting the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence. Whilst in the Army, I have participated in sports such as boxing and cross country, completed adventurous training courses and taken part in military skills competitions.
27 Regiment has proven success in a number of sports: Boxing, Skiing (Alpine and Nordic), Football, Hockey, Rugby, Basketball, Netball, Swimming, Cross-Country, Athletics, Road Cycling, British Army Warrior Fitness and many more.
You don’t have to be an accomplished sportsperson to get involved. We regularly host inter-squadron competitions as part of the Regiment’s Lewis Memorial Trophy, which may give you the opportunity to participate in a sport you hadn’t previously tried.
We have a strong history of amateur boxing. Many of our boxers have gone on to represent the Army and UKAF Boxing teams. We also have boxers who have boxed at the Commonwealth Games, at national level and even one professional.