160 Transport Regiment RLC(V)
160 Transport Regiment is possibly the closest thing that the Army could produce to replicate Eddie Stobart. The regiment recruits mainly from the civilian haulage industry which will have severe implications when the Drivers Hours and Working Time Directives come into play. This isn't as bad as it sounds as the Regiment doesn't hold any DROPS and the remainder will be whole fleet managed anyway.
160 Regiment in its present format was formed on the 5th of April 1993, from the freshly disbanded 160 Transport Regiment RCT (Who said the authors of options for change didn't have a sense of humour). Over time 270 Transport Squadron was absorbed from the disbanded 164 Tpt Regt RLC(V) as well as elements of the recently disbanded 161 Amb Regt RLC(V). As part of SDR the Regiment was reclassed as a War Establisment Regiment (WER)
Pre-SDR the regiment was as follows:
- 260 HQ Sqn (Now Disbanded)
- 261 Transport Sqn
- 262 Fuel Sqn (Now Disbanded)
- 263 Transport Sqn
- REME Workshops (Now Disbanded)
- 270 Transport Sqn (Transfered in 1999 from 164 Tpt Regt)
The regiment is world famous for its unique array of ties, the rule of thumb being that each CO has to design his own. The current tie is the hideous "Waterloo" Tie, supposedly based on the Waterloo medal ribbon but is much more akin to Crystal Palace Football Club. This regiment is Grantham's biggest consumer of Champagne.
The regimental symbol is the phoenix out of the ashes - representing the constant disbandment and reformation of the unit over the years and the Roman numerals CLX (160) which was the unit's former symbol in its RCT guise. These are collectively known by one former CO as "The Brand". Most of the unit's silverware is based on the phoenix or 'regimental brand' theme.
70% of the unit was mobilised over the course of Op Telic. No composite squadrons were formed as soldiers were posted as individual augmentees in order to bring units up to war fighting establishment. Some 22 members of the unit served with the Royal Yeomanry on Op Telic 1 in 2003 and therefore (one might reasonably argue) personally share in the battle honour awarded to that regiment for Iraq 2003, the only battle honour awarded to a TA unit since the second world war.