On the 20th of January 2023, Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Royal visited troops of 9 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps at Buckley Barracks, Chippenham.
HRH is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), the largest Corps in the Army. HRH was greeted by the Master General Logistics, the Corps Colonel, Commanding Officer, and Regimental Sergeant Major. Her visit was programmed with several significant events, including a presentation of Operational Service Medals (OSM), receiving briefs on operational commitments and key achievements of the Regiment.
9 Regiment RLC has been recognised for its contribution to Operation CATTALO, removing Ministry of Defence equipment from Afghanistan in a chaotic and demanding environment. Soldiers who had deployed on Operation CATTALO received the OSM from HRH for their outstanding service and a successful operation.
After the presentation of OSMs, HRH was escorted to the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess, where different exhibition stands depicting tasks performed by the Regiment were set up. The Officer Commanding 94 Squadron began discussing the demographic composition of the Regiment,, and then briefed on the operational commitments, including Operation CATTALO and Operation PITTING in the Middle East and Operation INTERLINK and Operation INTERFLEX in Europe.
Following this, OC 66 Squadron highlighted the operations carried out within the UK, including Operation RESCRIPT, MACA Tasks and Public Duties. Subsequently, OC 84 Squadron presented on sports and military skills achievements of the Regiment. On the final stand, staff from the Welfare Department explained the vital community support they provide for unit members and their families. HRH then presented the Long Service and Good Conduct medals to the recipients for their outstanding and loyal service to the Crown for more than 15 years service in the Army.
By Corporal Prabesh Nembang, Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment