Bialo czerwoni - 'The white and reds'
7 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps forms part of 102 Logistic Brigade and is made up of RLC Supply Specialists, Drivers and Chefs, as well as vehicle mechanics, artificers from the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and military clerks from the Staff and Personnel Support branch of the Adjutant General’s Corps.
The Regiment is based in Kendrew Barracks, situated in Rutland in the East Midlands and is made up of the following squadrons:
- 617 Headquarters Squadron - provides communication, catering and administrative output, as well as a specialist team called the Sustainment Fusion Cell (SFC) that support local contracts when deployed on operations.
- 68 Supply Squadron - provides the Logistic Supply Chain expertise and management of critical spares to the Brigade and deployed force elements.
- 9 Transport Squadron - consists of multi-discipline Driver Specialists and Close Support Tanker drivers, performing the fuel supply and general transport function for Brigade and Divisional activities.
- REME LAD - provides close equipment support and vehicle repair.
The Regiment is paired with the Reservist Units 158 and 159 Regiment RLC.
Providing transport, supply and fuel capabilities, as well as many other supporting elements, 7 Regiment RLC is designed to be an adaptable unit capable of meeting any of the varied roles the Brigade might require it to fill.
The Regiment provides a light agile force, designed to send troops and equipment into the theatre of operations, organise their forward movement to the battle area and logistically support these fighting formations.
The Regiment provides a firm base from which its man power is deployed, covering a whole host of operational requirements. Recent deployments include: Op TURUS, Op TOSCA and Op SHADER. The Regiment also takes part in and supports exercises such as Ex WESSEX STORM and Ex ASKARI STORM.
The Regiment possesses a vast vehicle fleet of Logistic Support Vehicles, including:
- MAN SVs - 6, 9 and 15 tonne variants. These vehicles can be fitted with armour and a top-mounted machine gun for protection. They can also be fitted-out to provide a troop-carrying capability and the largest vehicles can be equipped with an Enhanced Pallet Load System (EPLS).
- Fork Lift Rough Terrain (FLRT) and the monolithic Combat Support Tanker (CST) that can deliver vital fuel and water in the most hostile environments.
7 Regiment RLC is one of largest and most diverse regiments within the RLC and British Army, with over 600 personnel and 30 different nationalities represented. All soldiers in the Regiment have a specialist trade, many of which provide transferable skills useful in the civilian workplace.
The Regiment employs personnel in a number of different RLC trades, including:
The Officer specialism role of Contracts Officer is also offered.
The Regiment also has personnel from the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and Adjutant General’s Corps (AGC- SPS).
I have only been in 7 Regiment for one year, but I’ve already achieved a lot. As a Driver, my main role in camp is the maintenance of the Squadrons' vehicle fleet, but no two days are ever the same with the wide range of tasks we have to complete.
So far, I have had the chance to travel to Cyprus for an international running competition, to Norway to take part in the RLC Nordic Ski Championships and to Kenya to take Part in Ex ASKARI STORM. Visiting these countries was really interesting and an opportunity that I wouldn’t have had outside of the Army.
For the last few months, I have been deployed on Op RESCRIPT helping to support the Government’s fight against COVID-19. This has been a really rewarding experience as I have been able to put my trade skills into practice helping people all over the country.
I joined 7 Regiment RLC in April 2019 after completing the RLC Troop Commanders’ Course, taking command of C Troop, 9 Squadron. Whilst finding my feet as a new Troop Commander, I represented the Regiment in the Rugby Army Cup final. I also volunteered to be deployed to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (REMT) which saw 30 soldiers from the Regt deploy to serve as the REMT’s Guard of Honour, performing on an international stage for the duration of the month-long event.
I then returned to the helm of C Troop, where I became the Running Officer for the Regiment, representing 7 RLC in numerous running leagues. I was then selected for the RLC Corps Running team. I also organised Ex ORZEL ENDURANCE, where we deployed to compete in the gruelling Cyprus International - a four-day running challenge covering various terrains and distances.
Staff Sergeant Stephenson
I joined 7 Regiment RLC in September 2019 as the 9 Squadron OPS SNCO where I assisted the Squadron Operations Officer with the planning and execution of numerous training exercises. I have been fortunate to deploy on Ex THE FLAG, a vital quad-lateral UAE, UK, US and French exercise in Abu Dhabi designed for Emeriti military.
In January, I travelled to South Africa as part of the RLC Corps Golf Tour, only 16 members of the team were selected to attend and to this date, it’s one of the best things I’ve done in my Army career.
I am currently in the role of A Troop SSgt. Recently, my focus has been on supporting the Op RESCRIPT tasks supporting the fight against COVID-19. One key task was supporting the uplift of Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) vehicles, collecting 120 pallets of supplies to ensure the vehicles were fully functional as directed by Army HQ.
The Regiment takes part in a wide array of sports and offers its personnel opportunities to get involved at every level, from beginner to expert. Some of the sports on offer include: boxing, rugby, football, shooting, cricket, swimming, running and golf.
The Regiment is also extremely keen to support and provide Adventurous Training (AT) opportunities. Recently, the Regiment has taken part in Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing, mountain biking, kayaking/canoeing, sailing and mountain climbing training.
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