102nd (Ulster) Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery

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102nd (Ulster) Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery
Active 1967-1993
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Role Air defence
Size 3 Batteries
Garrison/HQ Newtownards, Northern Ireland
Equipment Javelin surface-to-air missile

102nd (Ulster) Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery was part of the Territorial Army and used to have sub-units initially in Scotland and Northern Ireland and, latterly, just in Northern Ireland.

History[edit]

The regiment was formed as 102 (Ulster and Scottish) Light Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) in 1967.[1] Its units initially were Headquarters Battery at Newtownards, 206 (Ulster) Light Air Defence Battery at Coleraine and 207 (Scottish) Light Air Defence Battery in Glasgow.[1] The regiment was equipped with the Javelin surface-to-air missile.[2]

In 1969 212 Battery was formed at Arbroath and joined the regiment.[1] The regiment was renamed 102 (Ulster and Scottish) Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) in 1976.[1] In 1986 207 Battery and 212 Battery (the Scottish-based batteries) left the regiment and 215 Battery was formed at Newtownards and joined the regiment at which point the regiment was renamed 102nd (Ulster) Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery.[1] The regiment was disbanded under Options for Change in 1993.[1]

Batteries[edit]

Immediately prior to disbandment its batteries were as follows:

  • Headquarters Battery, based at Newtownards - Suspended Animation
  • 206 (Coleraine) Battery, based at Coleraine - transferred to 105th Regiment Royal Artillery
  • 215 (North Down) Battery, based at Newtownards - Suspended Animation

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Royal Regiment of Artillery, Volunteer Regiments". Archived from the original on 15 March 2004. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "The constant drive to recruit more part-time soldiers". Glasgow Herald. 4 July 1985. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Litchfield, Norman E H, 1992. The Territorial Artillery 1908-1988, The Sherwood Press, Nottingham. ISBN 0-9508205-2-0