Royal Canadian Logistics Service celebrated on 436 Squadron Hercules

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s 436 Transport Squadron has painted the tail of one of its Lockheed Martin CC-130J Super Hercules with commemorative markings. The livery on CC-130J, 130314, salutes the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Armed Forces Logistics Branch.

This is the first RCAF CC-130J to have special artwork adorning the entire tail. Andy Cline Photo
This is the first RCAF CC-130J to have special artwork adorning the entire tail. Andy Cline Photo
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The livery features repeated bands of the branch’s Latin motto “Servitum Nulli Secundu” (“Service Second to None”) and “1968-2018” laid over the grid design which appears on its badge, with “Logistics/Logistique” on a ribbon.

This is the first RCAF CC-130J to have special artwork adorning the entire tail. It is seen at CFB Trenton on Nov. 20 as flight number TEST14 carrying out experimental work on the side parajump blast doors.

The Logistics Branch was officially renamed the Royal Canadian Logistics Service (RCLS, French: Service Royal de la Logistique du Canada) on Oct. 16, 2018–its actual 50th anniversary.

The Logistics Branch was created in 1968, shortly after the unification of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, and the Canadian Army under the newly created Canadian Armed Forces. It expanded in April 2007, incorporating the Personnel Administration Branch into the Logistics Branch.

The livery features repeated bands of the branch's Latin motto "Servitum Nulli Secundu" and "1968-2018" laid over the grid design which appears on its badge, with "Logistics/Logistique" on a ribbon. Andy Cline Photo
The livery features repeated bands of the branch’s Latin motto “Servitum Nulli Secundu” and “1968-2018” laid over the grid design which appears on its badge, with “Logistics/Logistique” on a ribbon. Andy Cline Photo

It received its “Royal” designation from Queen Elizabeth II, presented by Canadian Governor General Julie Payette at a parade on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 16.  The parade featured a 21 gun salute and a flypast by the commemorative Hercules over the Parliament Buildings.

The Royal Canadian Logistics Service is a personnel branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is responsible for supply chain management, transportation, human resource management, finance, food services, movements, postal services, and ammunition.

The Royal Canadian Air Force is heavily reliant on the RCLS for not only coordinating the RCAF transport fleet’s loads, but also providing the vital supply lines for the Air Force’s numerous deployments happening concurrently in various parts of the globe.

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