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124 Petroleum Squadron RLC

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Headquartered at Clive Road, Warley, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3UJ and with an additional Troop in Maidstone, Kent. The Squadron has an identical role to its specialist sister sub unit 126 Petroleum Squadron based in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

The role of the Squadron is the "Handling, testing, storage & supply of fuels, lubricants and associated products in a condition suitable at the ultimate point of consumption." As such, it's personnel need to be specially trained to construct fuel storage & transfer equipment and to be aware of the dangers and know how to prevent potentially catastrophic incidents such as fire & explosion, pollution, toxicity and asphyxiation. All Petroleum Operators are trained by the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service to fight Flammable Liquid Fires.

The Squadron's mission is achieved through the construction of Bulk Fuel Installations (BFI). A BFI consists of large rubberised Tank Fabric Collapsibles (TFC's). Each TFC is capable of storing 136,000 litres of fuel. Pumps of 682LPM/150GPM are used to receive or issue and all fuel is passed through filtration equipment in order to maintain quality. A typical Battlefield Bulk Fuel Installation can store up to 816,000 ltrs of fuel (Six tanks plus two in reserve).

Although Napoleon is famously quoted as saying,"An army marches on it's stomach." The modern mechanised army also requires fuel, lubricants, flammable gases for cooking and industrial gas for hot metal work, refridgeration, medical and meteorological uses. It is the 'Petroleum Operator' who is the skilled professional in the safe handling of these products. Although all mechanised vehicles require fuel, they also need grease, oil, coolant, brake fluid and power steering fluid. Lubricating oil for the rifle to Torpedo Grease for the Submarines, to Water Thrust Augmentation for jet engines. All fall within the realm of the PET.OP.

The most efficient method of transferring fuel long distances is through use of a Pipeline. Tactical Fuel Handling Equipment (TFHE) is constructed by specialised Royal Engineer teams and can be up to 100km in length. Pumping equipment is spread along at varying intervals and fuel storage areas constructed . After the pipeline has been commissioned (Fit and safe for use) it is taken over, maintained and operated by the RLC Petroleum Operator. The purpose of the TFHE pipeline is to have an uninterrupted supply of high grade kerosene from a ship anchored off shore to a forward airfield. The construction and operation of the Pipeline is a true "Purple Op." utilising the Royal Navy/Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force but it is the Humble Pet.Op. who is the "MEAT" of the sandwich.

Although part of a skilled trade set, 124 Sqn also maintain basic soldiering skills through concurrent training in the following groups:

Fieldcraft :Battlefield First Aid :CBRN :Map Reading :Skill At Arms :Values & Standards :Fitness Training
Law of Armed Conflict :Health & Safety.

Some of the soldiers are dual trained in other tradesets. From Chef, General Service Driver, Driver Radio Operator and Logistic Specialist Supply. All soldiers are encouraged to progress up the ranks and all soldiers are encouraged further to become instructors and trainers.

124 Petroleum Squadron is recruiting now!

Anyone requesting further information or wishing to join 124 Petroleum Squadron can contact them on 01277 204 183.

Officially - responsible for the procurement, receipt, storage, quality, assurance, issue and disposal of Fuels lubricants and associated products. Pet Ops are required to recce, site, construct, operate, de-construct and maintain Bulk Fuel Installations.

Are also responsible for A/C refuelling, Ship to Shore refuelling, Multi Product Pumping operations, tactical and technical control of deployed pipeline systems. Also provide the deloyed formation with technical expertise and capability.

Un-officially - feckin dogsbody that is abused by Tpt Regts who have no understanding or concept on how a BFI actually works (but it looks good on visits). Pet Ops are exceptionally good looking and renowned for their ability to 'pull' in the toughest venues on the planet. Pet Ops do not mix well with other loggies and will react dangerously with AT's. May spontaneously combust if left alone with TSW Suppliers.

Able to drink their own body weight in beer and start fights in empty rooms (and lose) the Pet Op is at his most dangerous when left on his own in a room full of other Pet Ops. He will instantly revert to 'Back Stab' mode and will be observed 'giving it shifty' around senior officers and visitors.

Frequently found organising 'w@nking competitions' and 'name that turd' extravaganza's the Pet Op will not only lighten your wallet, make you smile and bum your OC - he is without doubt the hardest working loggie in the Corps.