On Saturday 8th July I went along to the Royal Logistics Corps Open Day where I met up with fellow MAFVA members David Payne and Geoff Fletcher. This is a really good Army display to attend as the Royal Logistics Corps has a huge variety of Regiments within it, from Tank Transporter Regiments down to Catering units, and Regiments attached to other units such as the Commando Logistic Regiment, and attachments to the Parachute Regiments.
There was not so much as new equipment there, but existing equipment re-roled. A good example is the Light Equipment Transporter. The tractor unit for this used to be a Seddon Atkinson Strato, which is essentially a civilian truck. These have become worn out and have been replaced by surplus Oshkosh tractor units that were originally purchased to tow the fuel and water semi-trailers, but are now hitched up to the same Dutch trailer as before.
One of the regular attenders at this show is 17 Port & Maritime Regiment from Marchwood, where they had a section of MEXEFlote powered raft on display, and this Terex Crane. There are only a handful of these 6×6 cranes in service, most of them are the smaller 4×4 version. They also had their diving tank at the show as the Regiment have some trained divers to clear any port facilities during conflict such as clearing the ports near Bazra in Iraq before Logistic Landing Ships were able to off-load their stores.
Another relatively rare sight was this MAN truck. Most of the fleet of MAN trucks are fitted with leaf spring suspension and are classed as Medium Mobility. However, the Army also have a small number of Improved Medium Mobility trucks that are fitted with coil springs, and also have a different arrangement for the engine and radiator behind the cab. These are designed to support front-line units such as Armoured Regiments, and so are expected to do more cross-country driving. This one has had a new panel fitted to the cab, still in its primer paint.
These MAN trucks were originally purchased by the MoD as an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) for use in Afghanistan. However, they continue to be used since that conflict. They are classed as an “Enhanced Paletised Load Handling Equipment” which is something very similar to the DROPS system fitted to now ageing Leyland DAF trucks and Foden trucks that are also still in use.
This MAN refueller was from 152 (North Irish) Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps showing some of the variety of units taking part in the display. Another one of note was the Gurkha Transport Regiment who were selling a delicious Gurkha curry. These refueling trucks have taken over from the Unit Bulk Refueling Equipement (UBRE) that was used for a number of years. The pump unit is immediately behind the engine and radiator, with hoses and metering equipment in the box at the rear of the truck.
Something else slightly out of the ordinary was this Iveco Trakker truck. These are essentially a militarised civilian truck that has been purchased as part of a Public Finance Initiative (PFI) with a form of contract hire, hence the “KM” registration number that is used for these vehicles. This one can be used to carry a variety of stores and has a large capacity hydraulic crane at the rear for loading and un-loading.
And finally. here’s a view of a MAN 8×8 truck fitted with an armoured cab that was used in Afghanistan together with a Jackal 1 that was used by the Royal Logictics Corps to protect the trucks during their convoys to re-supply the operating bases throughout Helmand province. I understand that a number of these Jackals are about to be re-painted green rather than the light stone colour here.
You can see more photos from this Open Day on our MAFVA South Wales Facebook page.