12th Regiment Royal Artillery

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12th Regiment Royal Artillery
Active 1947 – present
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Role Ground Based Air Defence
Size 5 Batteries
Part of Joint Ground Based Air Defence Headquarters
Garrison/HQ Baker Barracks, Thorney Island
Nickname(s) The Lancashire & Cumbrian Gunners
Equipment Starstreak missile
An HVM Stormer from 9 Bty. 12 Regt RA searching for enemy aircraft during an exercise in Germany

12th Regiment Royal Artillery is a regiment of the Royal Artillery in the British Army. It currently serves in the air defence role, and is equipped with the Starstreak missile.

History[edit]

The regiment was established in 1947 when 7th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery was retitled 12th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery.[1] It was deployed to Palestine that year, to Libya in 1948 and Trieste in 1950.[1] It also saw action in Malaya in 1963 and Borneo in 1964.[1] Units saw tours in Northern Ireland during the Troubles in 1971, 1974, 1977 and 1979.[1] T Battery and 9 Battery were sent to the South Atlantic during the Falklands War in 1982.[1] T Battery and 58 Battery saw action during the Gulf War in 1991.[1] 12 Battery was deployed for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[1]

In January 2008, the regiment moved to the Baker Barracks, Thorney Island upon its return from Germany.[1]

It is currently under the Joint Ground Based Air Defence Unit and will continue to do so under Army 2020. Under Army 2020, T Battery will re-role to a further Stormer HVM battery while 25/170 (Imjin) Battery moves out of suspended animation to be the new HQ battery.[2]

Batteries as of 2014[edit]

The batteries are as follows:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "12th Regiment Royal Artillery". British Army Units 1945 on. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Gunner Magazine, December 2012
  3. ^ "12th Regiment Royal Artillery". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 11 Nov 2014. 

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