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Operations and training

Adaptive Force Element

Formed in 1939 as 4th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and serving in the famous ‘Desert Rats’, the Regiment has seen active duty in every major campaign the British Army has been involved in. With tours in Malaya, the Falklands, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, the Regiment rightfully deserves its name ‘The Fighting Fourth’

The Regiment has recently reshaped itself in line with Army 2020 to become an Adaptive Force Element. It has begun training in earnest and sub units from the Regiment can look forward to participating in major exercises Kenya, Croatia, Germany and Spain and within the UK.


4th Regiment has completed three tours of Afghanistan. 

During their tour in 2010, 4th Regiment was extremely busy. The Regiment found itself dispersed between 56 outstations, across all of Task Force Helmand and the myriad of tasks varied on a daily basis.

Tasks that the Regiment carried out included the training of Gun Detachments and the preparation of Guns for operations; providing Drivers, Commanders and Heavy Machine Gun/Grenade Machine Gun Gunners for Combat Logistic Patrols; soldiers for sangar duties; surveillance gathering; as well as the core tasks of providing strike effect for call signs on the ground.

The Regiment's last tour in 2012 was eventful and hectic, preparation for the tour took place with exercises in Kenya and the UK. 4th Regiment has now finished all tours in Afghanistan and are now using time to continue training all over the world.

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