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Defence Logistics Organisation

The Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO), a key element of the UK Ministry of Defence, is responsible for supporting the Armed Forces throughout the various stages of an operation or exercise; from training, deployment, in-theatre training and conduct of operations, through to recovery and recuperation ready for redeployment.

Led by the Chief of Defence Logistics, currently a 4 Star Army General, the DLO maintains and upgrades military equipment and coordinates its storage and distribution. It has an annual spend of almost £9bn, representing over 20 per cent of the Defence budget. The DLO employs around 20,000 staff at 80 locations throughout the UK and overseas, and has its headquarters in Bath, England More Info

DLO News

Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Leeson, ACDS (Log Ops), talks to delegates at the conference. [Picture: Andrew Linnett]

Logistics conference hits the mark

The 8th Annual Focused Logistics Conference was hosted by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)... 12 Apr 06

The DLO diving team at Scapa Flow [Picture: DLO]

DLO get coveted Blue Peter badge

HMS Royal Oak was sunk by a German U-boat in Scapa Flow on the night of Friday 13 October 1939.... 7 Apr 06

EH101 Merlin Mk3 [Picture: MOD]

New helicopter support contract announced

New logistic support arrangements for the MoD’s fleet of Merlin helicopters will increase the... 6 Mar 06

New Chinook support arrangements will save £170m

16 Feb 06

Preferred bidder for future provision of marine services announced

7 Feb 06

More DLO News

Our Publications

Key documents

DLO News Issue 42 - March 2006
DLO News Issue 42 - March 2006
DLO News 38 - October 2005
Features: Feeding the Forces - LIguid Fuel Top Talk with Chief of Defence Procurement DLO Staff & Hurricane Katrina Fuel for the Fleet
Driving Change - March 2005
Monthly newsletter of the Defence Logistics Transformation Programme (DLTP)
DLO News 40 - December 2005 / January 2006
Features: What we've achieved in 2005 CDL Commendations Top Talk with Tim Flesher The Rotary Wing Cluster

More Publications

DLO Facts:

  • Led by a 4 Star Chief of Defence Logistics. General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue.

  • Annual Spend - £9 billion (20% of defence budget).
  • The DLO employs: 20,257 staff - of which 15,834 are civilian & 4,423 Military (As at Dec 05)
  • 20 per cent of MoD Civilians work in the DLO.
  • DLO has over 80 locations throughout the UK and overseas.
  • Between 2000-2004 the DLO has become more efficent, saving over £1 billion.
  • During Operation Telic (2003) in the Middle East the DLO sent out the same amout of equipment and stores as in the first Gulf War, but in half the time.

Contact and Enquiries to:

DLO Secretariat,

Spur 5, Block E,



BA1 5AB.