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Major Oli Morgan is the Team Leader for the Army’s involvement in the BLOODHOUND SuperSonic Car project.  As an Aircraft Engineering Officer in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, his technical background on Apache is used to good effect to provide the BLOODHOUND team with technical advice on Engineering Assurance. In addition to his engineering role, he is also responsible for recruiting each six-month attachment of personnel and managing the team on a day-to-day basis.

The British Army

The British Army is committed to inspiring the next generation of Scientists, Engineers, Technologists and Mathematicians through its involvement in the Bloodhound SSC project.

The Army’s Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are amongst the world’s leading engineering and management organisations supporting cutting edge equipment and technology in the most challenging environments across the world.

 

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

As professional Mechanical, Electronic and Aeronautical Engineers the REME employ a wide range of trade skills from Avionics Technicians servicing Apache Helicopters to Vehicle Mechanics repairing vehicles to Electronic Technicians climbing masts to maintain optical systems that protect British bases.

A five strong REME team (one Officer and 4 Soldiers) will use their Army training and experience from Operations to provide engineering and management skills to the Bloodhound SSC team which will be vital to the success of the project both in the UK and during the record attempts.

From left: the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Team, Defence Minister Philip Dunne, driver Wing Commander Andy Green and Bloodhound Director Richard Noble pose with a model of the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car
[Picture: Sergeant Adrian Harlen RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

History of the Corps - over 70 years of REME Heritage

Maintaining and repairing the Army's equipment has always played an important part in ensuring the fighting efficiency of the Service. Until the late 19th century, however, the relative simplicity of the equipment in use with the Army made a specialist corps of tradesman unnecessary. The soldier carried out minor repairs on his own equipment, assisted as necessary by the armourer, the regimental farrier, the carpenter and the leatherworker.

The early years of the Second World War brought the realisation that the existing repair system was not able to support the massive scale of equipment being deployed in every theatre. In 1941 the War Cabinet directed Sir William Beveridge to carry out an enquiry into the employment of technical manpower in the Services. As a result of the recommendations of this enquiry, the Royal Corp of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was formed on 1st October 1942.

One of its first missions was the Battle of El Alamein, the British Army's first major operation after the Corps was formed. It has since evolved into a highly skilled and specialised Corps that is capable of meeting the toughest of challenges anywhere in the world.

Over the past 60 years REME has played a vital role in all of the Army's operations, being present in Palestine, Korea, Kenya, Malaya, Suez, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Afghanistan and both Gulf Wars. It has also been involved in peacekeeping duties all over the globe, from the Balkans to Sierra Leone.

 

The REME Capbadge

The Capbadge of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers symbolises its role and skills supporting the British Army’s fleet of equipment:

 

White Stallion: The symbol of horsepower and mechanical drive.

Chain: Illustration of harnessing power.

Lightning strike: The field of electronics and electrical power.

Globe: Recognition that the REME soldier is capable of operating in any environment across the globe.

© Crown copyright 2012

 

The REME BLOODHOUND teams:

Team Leader

Major Oli Morgan

You can read Major Oli Morgan's blogs here


The current team working on Bloodhound SSC is shown on the team page

Previous teams:

Team 4:

Sgt Josh Thompson

Cpl Stuart Richardson


Team 3:

SSgt Matt Chapman

SSgt Rob Pattinson

Sgt Rick Constable

Cpl Chloe Rhodes

LCpl Luke Taylor

LCpl Ryan Kerr


Team 2:

SSgt Ben Richards

SSgt Henry 'H' Breed

Cpl Lisah Brooking

Cfn Andy Pike


Team 1

SSgt Neil Gallagher

Mark Edwin

Cfn Rob Fenn

L Cpl Graham Sargeant

 

 

 


 

Interested in the role of the REME and careers in the Army? Click the link to find out more.

Major Oli Morgan's Bloodhound Blog:

Monday, 28 July, 2014

Not taking any prisoners

“I get it – I finally get the equation”. The words of one of the 300 children invited to take part in the Bloodhound Rocket Challenge at Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Monday, 9 September, 2013

Opening Bloodhound SSC’s Technical Centre

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013

Bloodhound SSC mixes jet engines with children and live circuits

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013

Major Oli Morgan is the Team Leader for the Army’s involvement in the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car project.  As an Aircraft Engineering Officer in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, his technical background on Apache is used to good effect to provide the Bloodhound team with technical advice on Engineering Assurance. In addition to his engineering role he is also responsible for recruiting each 6 month attachment of personnel and managing the team on a day to day basis.

Friday, 25 January, 2013

The interview

Tuesday, 15 January, 2013

At the end of 2011, Richard Noble approached the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) to lease technical manpower, workshop equipment and deployable engineering facilities. The proposal was put to Major General Paul Jaques and the REME Corps Colonel and received unanimous support. However, the initiative required careful financial modelling and – more importantly – approval.