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The Airborne Gunners

7 Para RHA has been associated with Airborne Forces for 50 years since its formation in 1961 as a direct descendant from the 33rd Parachute Light Regiment Royal Artillery.

However it’s through the individual batteries that a full and proud history of over 200 years can be traced.

Primary role

The Regiment's primary role is to provide Offensive Fire Support to 16th Air Assault Brigade, the British Army's rapid response Airborne Force which is capable of delivering an Air Manoeuvre, Air Assault and an Airborne Insertion capability into any theatre of operations worldwide. The Regiment can deploy at short notice with any of the Brigade Infantry Battalions, thus creating the Airborne Task Force (ABTF).

Organisation

7 Para RHA produces elite soldiers that are fit, robust and highly motivated who are trained to either parachute or air assault into battle. As well as been trained in their primary role our soldiers take pride in being highly motivated infantrymen working as fighting sections or platoons in partnership with a Parachute Battalion. The Regiment is organised into several batteries, one Tactical Group Battery, three Gun Batteries and a HQ Battery. The Tactical Group Battery only consists of observer parties, commonly known as Fire Support Teams (FSTs), where this differs to a Gun Battery.

Each Gun Battery consists of two major groups -

  • The Gun Group which is equipped with the highly versatile 105mm L118 Light Gun which can be manoeuvred around the battlefield in many configurations. The Airborne Gunners who man the guns are responsible for the firing of accurate 105mm rounds in support of either a Parachute or Air Assault Infantry Battalions.
  • The Tactical Group which consists of several FSTs who deploy forward in the light role (by foot and/or by vehicle) embedded with their affiliated Infantry Rifle Company. The FSTs are responsible for the coordination and integration of all aspects of Joint Fires. They are highly trained in the coordination of a variety of Joint Fires weapons systems, such as guns, mortars, attack helicopters, fast jets and precision strike guided weapon systems (GMLRS), which are able to deliver a devastating strike onto a known enemy position.

The HQ Battery provides the regimental command and control structure along with the logistical support which is required to support the Regiment while deployed on Operations.

Location

We are based at Colchester, Essex our address is Merville Barracks, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7UT.

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