Support Command provides real time support to the whole of the UK Army and
is the command headquarters for the UK Garrisons, also providing support
and commands the UK detachments in Brunei and Nepal. The Command
provides the link to the Land Forces Reserves and Cadets.
Support Command is also the Army’s link to the civilian community
ensuring that the requisite support is available for any unforeseen
emergencies, In addition, Support Command acts as the focal point for
the Armed Forces Covenant ensuring that wherever possible the aims of
the Covenant are implemented throughout the UK.
The UK Regional Headquarters are co-located with a number of brigade
headquarters as follows:
HQ West Midlands
HQ 11 Signal Brigade
HQ North West
HQ 42 Brigade
HQ 51 Brigade
HQ 160 Brigade
HQ South West
HQ 1 Artillery Brigade
HQ North East
HQ 4 Infantry Brigade
HQ 7 Infantry Brigade
HQ South East
HQ 11 Infantry Brigade
Support Command is also
responsible for support to the following garrisons:
JOINT HELICOPTER COMMAND (JHC)
The Joint Helicopter Command's primary role is to deliver and sustain
effective Battlefield Helicopter and Air Assault assets, operationally
capable under all environmental conditions, in order to support UK's defence
missions and tasks. JHC major formations are as follows:
- All Army Aviation Units
- RAF Support Helicopter Force
- Commando Helicopter Force
- 16 Air Assault Brigade
- Combat Support Units
- Combat Service Support Units
- Joint Helicopter Command and
There is more detail relating to the JHC in the
Joint Forces Chapter.
LAND EQUIPMENT (LE)
The Land Equipment Directorate (under the command of Defence Equipment
and Support) exists to provide front line support and ‘through life’
equipment solutions for land operations. LE is composed of five major
groups with each group having a number a number of subsidiary teams
providing specific support to various group activities. Director Land
Equipment (DLE) is responsible for the operations of these major groups
Combat Tracks Group (CTG)
Systems Team (ST); Combat Tracks Group Platforms Team; Armoured Vehicle
Support Transformation Team; Artillery Systems Team (AST); Platforms
Team (PT); The Medium Armoured Tracks Team (MATT).
Combat Wheels Group (CWG)
Protected Mobility Team (PMT); Manoeuvre Support Team (MST); Utility
Vehicle Team (UVT).
General Support Group (GSG)
Battlefield Utilities Unit (BFU);Deployable Support and Test Equipment
Team (DS&TE); Expeditionary Campaign Infrastructure (ECI); General
Support Vehicles (GSV); Service Provision (SP).
Individual Capability Group (ICG)
Integrated Soldier Systems Executive (ISSE); Dismounted Soldier Systems
Team (DSST); Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Night Observation (STANO);
Light Weapons, Photographic & Batteries Team (LWPBT).
Joint and Battlefield Trainers; Simulation & Synthetic Environments
Other areas and tasks
Although Land Command is not responsible for running operations in
Northern Ireland, the Former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone,
Cyprus, the Falkland Islands and Iraq (a responsibility of PJHQ), it
will provide the operational troops for these areas.
Some 500 troops are involved at any one time in MoD -sponsored equipment
trials, demonstrations and exhibitions. Public Duties in London take up
two/three battalions at any one time. All troops not otherwise
operationally committed are also available to provide Military Aid to
the Civil Authorities (MACA) in the United Kingdom.