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The Royal Hutt River Defence Forces
The Royal Hutt River Defence Force (RHRDF) as it is today was founded by virtue of the Royal Hutt River Defence Force Act of 1988.
The RHRDF comprises:
mission is to ‘Symbolise and uphold the Sovereignty of the Principality of
While we are
a non-combative service, we are charged with ensuring the security of the
Principality, and performing the usual logistical functions associated with
the armed forces when required.
all branches of the RHRDF liaise actively with the Principality’s diplomatic
community in charitable and security work.
The structure of each branch reflects the rank organisation of the respective British forces. While each branch has its own uniform code, they are also based upon standards set by various International armed forces, with regional variations, and the Principality’s unique badges.
The Commander-in-Chief of the RHRDF is HRH Prince Leonard, and he is assisted by the Council of Commanding Officers, staffed by the Commanding Officers and Deputy Commanding Officers of each branch.
any service is voluntary. The rank of a newly commissioned officer is
dependent upon age and experience. Thereafter, promotion is only achieved in
recognition of effort in supporting and furthering the respective branch of
the service and the Principality.
The Navy has
sought and achieved alliances with veteran organisations in the United
States, as well as establishing firm relations with a number of historical
naval organisations. Officers have been active in leading naval
associations, including the US Navy league, the US Naval Institute, the
Naval Order of the United States, and the (British) Marine Society and Sea
The RHRDF is particularly proud of its association with the Legion of Independent Frontiersmen, Independent Command, CANADA where HRH Prince Leonard is Hon. Commissioner in Chief.
From ceremonial duties to the active involvement in local communities, the RHRDF continues to develop and perform valuable work. The future holds many challenges to further the vision and ideals of our Commander-in-Chief, HRH Prince Leonard. The benefits of achieving these will be both to the reputation of Principality, and to the good of the communities where officers of the RHRDF serve.
Admiral Sir Robert Hartnett
Bt. KCRO., COWL., MRIN RHRN
Royal Hutt River Legion
First Branch of the original RHRDF was the Royal Hutt River
Original uniform Wings of the RHRAF
Royal Hutt River Navy Patch
of the RHRAF
School of Artillery
Royal Hutt River Army Artillery Crest
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