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106 (Yeomanry) Regiment RA

Air Defence Regiment

A truly unique unit within the RA, it is the Army's only reserve Air Defence Regiment with units based in London, Portsmouth and Southampton. The Regiments dual capability of the High Velocity Missile (HVM) comes from its ability to deploy in the light Air Assault Role with Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML) and Armoured Self Propelled (SP), the most versatile Regiment.

YouTube video from 106 Regiment talking about Gnr Pitt

Gunner Pitt - Reserve Gunner from 106 Regiment
Gunner Dyer-Mason

106 Regiment Equipment

The Regiment is equipped with the deadly High Velocity Missile (HVM) System and is the Army Reserve’s only specialist Close Air Defence regiment. HVM flies at twice the speed of sound, and we operate it in both the armoured (SP) Self Propelled role at 295 Battery and 457 Battery in Portsmouth and Southampton and also in the Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML) role at 265 Battery in SE London.

Uniquely, HVM Gunners are required to find the best location for their weapon system, and make snap decisions about potential targets. The soldiers of 106 (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery are highly trained highly skilled individuals who operate very technical equipment in arduous conditions. This is the result of dedication, hard work, quality training and many deployments with their regular paired unit 12 Regiment RA based at Thorney Island near Portsmouth.

106 Regiment Operations and Training

Sport and Adventurous Training

106 (Yeomanry) Regiment prides itself on its high quality sports man and women competing in a wide variety of sporting fields:
5 a side football, winter sports (skiing + snowboarding), water sports (sailing), cross country, tennis, squash, boxing, and golf

The Regiment has had success in ladies badminton with one individual playing at army level and achieving gold in the doubles and silver in the singles earlier this year, rugby sees soldiers playing at a Regimental level and under taking army level trails.

As part of Ubique 300, the 300th Anniversary of the Royal Artillery will see troops from 106 (Yeomanry) Regiment in Cyprus, adventure training.

A small team will also be setting off for sailing in the Caribbean this summer as part of the Ubique 300 Atlantic sailing series.

Over the summer of 2014 members of 106 (Yeomanry) Regiment under took the arduous challenge of road cycling from John ‘o’ Groats to Lands’ End in 7 days covering on average 135miles per day through some of the harshest conditions the United Kingdom had to offer.

In January 2015 saw a small six man team depart for Flachau, Austria, for the RA Snowboarding Championships. The team spent the first week of the two week trip training for the subsequent completion week. The team managed to pull off 1st place in the reserve unit categories and 12th of 22 in the regular and reserves combined series competing in slalom, slope style and parallel giant slalom.

Battlefield Study

A small group of reserve soldiers will have the opportunity later this year to travel to Cyprus as part of the Royal Artillery 300th Anniversary Celebration.

Visiting the United Nations whilst on patrol along Greek – Turkish Cypriot border as well as visiting some of the famous battle grounds from the 1974 Turkish invasion. The group will also have the chance absorb some of the varied culture that Cyprus has to offer and conduct some adventurous training in the sun.

Falklands Firing Camp

The Regiment is planning to deploy a battery strength contingent principally from 265 Battery to the Falklands to undertake live fire training on the HVM weapon system in both the LML and shoulder launch set up. This is a fantastic opportunity for the soldiers to demonstrate the high level of knowledge they learned and apply it in a practical and challenging environment.

The Exercise will also include visits to some of the famous sites from the 1982 Falklands war giving the Regiment a chance to reflect on the great challenges that their predecessors had to face.

Operations and Training

The Regiment found itself in the mix of it during the 2012 London Olympics. The Regiment supported the games by providing air defence detachments to a number of sights in London to ensure safety and security of London. The Regiment also provided man power to assist spectators in a smooth and successful Olympic Games.

Over the years 106 (yeomanry) Regiment has supported on-going operations by sending individuals to; Afghanistan, Iraq and Cyprus to support the Regular Army’s on going engagements and commitments.

This is one main reason why people are attracted to a life in the Army Reserve. The reserve forces offer its soldier the chance to select training and career courses around there civilian lives making the process flexible and available to everyone. The opportunity to travel is never far away for example, in the last year, four members of 265 Battery took part in a two-week NATO air defence exercise in the Czech Republic and soldiers also spent six weeks on an infantry exercise in the jungles of Belize with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.

Along with traditional sport the Regiment gets involved in military sporting events such as the operational shooting team who are currently away training. The arduous and gruelling Cambrian Patrol which test the individuals soldiering abilities against one another in small teams across the Brecon Beacons, the Regiment is looking to the newly trained soldiers to enter again this coming winter.

Saalbach Hinterglem Austria completing military ski foundation

Saalbach Austria

106 Regiment Photo Gallery

106 Regiment Location

106 Regiment Location

106 Regiment RA

Napier House, Baring Road, Grove Park, LONDON, SE12 0BH

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106 Regiment Batteries

265 (Home Counties) Battery

Based in Grove Park, London.

Equipped with the Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML) system, the Battery supports 12 (Minden) Air Assault Battery, part of 16 Air Assault Brigade. The battery found itself heavily involved in Op Olympics in 2012 providing security and manning Air Defence sites throughout London.

106 battery

295 (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battery

Based in Portsmouth

Equipped with the Self Propelled HVM system mounted on the Stormer armoured fight vehicle. The newest battery to join the Air Defence community. The battery finds itself training with the lead armoured battle groups alongside its regular counterparts.

295 Battery

457 (Hampshire Carabiniers Yeomanry) Bty

Based in Southampton.

Equipped with the Self Propelled HVM system mounted on the Stormer armoured fight vehicle. The battery finds itself training with the lead armoured battle groups alongside its regular counterparts. The unit also found itself in support to Op Olympics in the air observer role.

457 Battery

106 Regiment Addresses

London 265 (Home Counties) Battery Royal Artillery
Napier House
Baring Road
Grove Park
SE12 0BH

Portsmouth 295 (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battery Royal Artillery
Army Reserve Centre
Peronne Road

Southampton 457 (Hampshire Carbinines Yeomanry) Battery Royal Artillery
Bligh Mont Army Reserve Centre
Millbrook Road
SO15 0AJ

106 Regiment Royal Artillery

Telephone: 0208 8601 421

Email: 106RA-RHQ-ROSWO@mod.uk

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