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Equipment Support, sometimes abbreviated as ES or Equip Spt, is a term used to describe maintenance and supply duties of certain Army units in the Western World. The term is sometimes also described as 'materiel', however this term typically refers to the supply of equipment, rather than the actual practice of providing support for certain items.
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In the British Army, the term is used to describe those units and duties where maintenance units provide support to certain vehicles and equipment. In addition, the term is sometimes used in the following terms "... responsible for maintenance and repairing the Army's equipment'.
Under British Army doctrine, equipment support is defined as follows:
Equipment support seeks to keep the required quantity of operational equipment available to the force. This is achieved by the active management and maintenance of equipment and equipment components. Maintenance is organised into four levels which are determined by the complexity and engineering requirements of the task.
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- Land Operations, Part 3, Chapter 10, Section 07, Paragraph C.
- "Land Operations". Army Doctrine Publication. Land Warfare Development Centre, Warminster, Wiltshire, United Kingdom. Army Doctrine Publication AC 71940 – via British Army.