157 (Welsh) Regiment

157 (Welsh) Regiment RLC is an Army Reserve Logistic Regiment based across the length and breadth of Wales. It has Squadrons based in Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest and Queensferry.

How we are organised

The Regiment is made up of the following Squadrons:

  • 223 Transport Squadron (Swansea).
  • 224 Transport Squadron (Carmarthen/Haverfordwest).
  • 249 Headquarters Squadron (Cardiff).
  • 398 Transport Squadron (Queensferry).
  • 580 Transport Squadron (Cardiff).

The Regiment is an integral part of 101 Logistic Brigade and we are paired with our Regular counterparts of 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment RLC and 4 Regiment RLC.

what we do

Britain's Armed Forces have the capability to deploy, sustain and recover combat units, anywhere in the world. The Royal Logistic Corps enables this capability and provides trained personnel to operate a wide variety of military vehicles. 157 Regiment:

  • Transports supplies in the UK and on operations around the world.
  • Supports the Regular Army in delivering a transport capability.
  • Supports UK operations to protect and aid our community.
  • Manages administrative, catering and communication specialists to deliver our logistic capability.

how we do it

The Regiment operates a wide variety of vehicles to fulfill our transport role. These include:

  • Six, nine and fifteen-tonne Logistic Support Vehicles
  • Forklift Lift Rough Terrain
  • Land Rover Truck Utility Medium
  • Land Rover Battlefield Ambulance
  • Enhanced Pallet Loading System

The Regiment also operates a large fleet of civilian vehicles to deliver its capability.

Who does it

The Regiment employs a diverse range of tradesmen and women from our local community.

Many members of the Regiment find the skills they develop in the Army Reserve complement and enhance their civilian employment. Our trades include:

157 Regiment also has Human Resources Specialists and Combat Medical Technicians, some attached from other arms.

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Private Leishman

"After completing basic training, I gained my HGV licence, taking my first step to becoming a professional driver. Following a conversion course, I really got to understand the capabilities of the military vehicles. I learnt a great deal ranging from being able to drive in an off-road convoy in the dark with no lights, to carrying out basic servicing and wheel changes."

“Being a Driver hasn't limited me to just being behind the wheel. I have competed in the arduous Italian Military Skills competition, Exercise Lombardia based in Northern Italy, where armies from around the world both Regular and Reserve, completed a self navigated patrol with several technical exercises along the route. These included challenges such as building clearances, abseiling and casualty treatment."

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Staff Sergeant Davies

“I visited the Territorial Army Training Centre, Llanelli one night because a friend was constantly nagging me to join this unknown entity. It's been over 23 years and I am still proud to be serving in 157 (Welsh) Regiment RLC. Over the years I have been blessed with being able to take full advantage of every opportunity. I have learnt new things, travelled to new places and met many interesting people, some of whom have become lifelong colleagues and friends."

“The Regiment has given me the opportunity to qualify as a Driver, Communications Specialist and Combat Medical Technician. I have used the transferable skills learned within these trades in all aspects of my military and civilian career. I have deployed to: Cyprus, Gibraltar, Belgium, Kenya, Falkland Islands, Iraq and Alaska.”

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Sporting Opportunities

The Regiment is fit, ready and extremely proud of its physical prowess across both military skills and sporting competitions. Everyone is encouraged to represent the Regiment, with some excelling and representing the Royal Logistic Corps and the Army. The Regiment has a very successful military skills team, ski team, and outstanding rugby and football teams.

Pushing ourselves to the limits, we deploy on Adventurous Training both to physically and mentally stretch the capacity of our people. You have the opportunity to grow professionally and personally with the Regiment, often in ways you never imagined you could or would have the chance to.

Exercise Lion Star

157 Regiment Equipment

Logistic Support Vehicles

Mobility The SV fleet provides far greater mobility than previous generation cargo vehicles

Logistic vehicles

Land Rover Battlefield Ambulance

medical facilities It has a capacity for a combination of up to four stretchers or six seated casualties

Logistic vehicles

SA80 Individual Weapon

Tests On its introduction, it proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned.

Small arms and support weapons

General Purpose Machine Gun

GPMG The general purpose machine gun (GPMG) can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire role.

Small arms and support weapons