In addition to their trade, charitable and educational roles, the Liveries have fostered strong connections with the military and almost every Company is affiliated to at least one branch of the Armed Forces. The Fuellers, like most London Livery Companies, is proud of its Military Affiliations.
In 1987, the Company exchanged Terms of Affiliation with HMS Daedalus, the Fleet Air Arm Engineering Branch. However, in 1996 HMS Daedalus was decommissioned and its activities incorporated within HMS Sultan, a tri-service training establishment in Portsmouth. The affiliation with The Fuellers was also transferred to the newly combined unit and our mutual co-operation has grown stronger as a result.
In 2001, Terms of Affiliation were exchanged with 216 Squadron of the RAF, whose main activity is in-flight refuelling and this made the affiliation with The Fuellers particularly appropriate.
In 2005 Terms of association were exchanged with the Defence Fuels Group, the Tri Service fuels procurement organisation. In 2012 the defence Fuels Group has been incorporated into the Defence Fuel and Food Service. The Fuellers association has now moved to the new organisation.
Most recently, in 2007, Terms of Affiliation were exchanged with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and their two fast fleet tankers "Wave Knight" and "Wave Ruler", both providing sea borne support, appropriately including the transportation of fuels.
The Fuellers Company has donated trophies to HMS Sultan, 216 Squadron and the RFA, which are awarded annually to personnel achieving the highest standards required for the fulfilment of the prizes.
The commanding officers of HMS Sultan, 216 Sqn, The Defence Fuel and Food Group, and Royal Fleet Auxiliary are all Honorary Liverymen of the Fuellers Company whilst in office.
The Fuellers military affiliations have opened up many unique opportunities for members, Including flying with 216 Squadron on in-flight refuelling training missions over the North Sea and sailing with RFA "Wave Knight" and "Wave Ruler" on exercise in local waters. There are also regular visits to HMS Sultan in Portsmouth and the Defence Fuels Group installations at West Moors.