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The Royal Artillery

In every battle for over 300 years - Ubique

The Royal Artillery - FIND, TRACK and STRIKE at range anywhere, in all weathers and at any time, in order to defeat the enemy.

Also known as the Gunners, the Royal Artillery are everywhere across the battlefield, providing the British Army with its eyes, ears and firepower. Using high-tech surveillance devices and un-crewed aircraft, we find the enemy and monitor them before striking decisively. We do this by co-ordinated use of our guns, rockets and missiles, the Army’s attack helicopters and other weapons, including fast jets, and even the guns of Royal Navy ships.

Facts & Figures


Active From

26 May 1716



Royal Artillery




Our Skills

We specialise in a vast number of trade areas which makes the Gunners one of the most diverse units, with lots of opportunities. Many of the trades found across the Army can be followed in the Royal Artillery - they range from:

  • Communicators
  • Gun Operators
  • Missile Operators
  • Drone Operators and Pilots
  • Mounted Horse Gunners
  • Parachutists
  • Commandos
  • High Tech Target Surveillance Operators

The Royal Artillery has 14 Regular and seven Reserve regiments. Go to their specific pages to learn more about them individually, as well as the diversity and scale of the Royal Artillery (the links are at the top of this page).

Current Deployment

The Royal Artillery motto is Ubique - meaning Everywhere. This reflects that the Gunners have been in every British Army battle and deployment for over 300 years - and we still are.  The British Army will never deploy without its Royal Artillery.

Current deployments:

  • Poland
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Cyprus
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Falkland Islands

Our People

Our family is as diverse as our equipment and capability. People from an array of cultures and social backgrounds operate our high tech equipment with professionalism.

The quality of a Gunner is achieved through investment in training and educating our soldiers; something we take great pride in.

The Royal Artillery has 14 Regular and seven Reserve regiments. Go to their specific pages to learn more about them individually, as well as the diversity and scale of the Royal Artillery (the links are at the top of this page).

Our Location

RHQ Royal Artillery, Larkhill Garrison

The heart of the Gunners is located in Larkhill on the edge of Salisbury Plain, having moved from our historic home of Woolwich. Our presence today stretches across the UK, from Scotland and the North East, to Plymouth and the South coast.

With the majority of our units in the South we offer great stability.

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Royal Artillery Historical Society (RAHS)

The Royal Artillery Historical Society (RAHS) exists to encourage and promote an interest in the organisation, equipment and history of the Royal Artillery (RA) in particular and gunnery in general. Membership is open to all serving and retired, regular and reserve and volunteer ranks of the RA. Applications from others for affiliate membership of the society should be made in writing to the secretary and supported in writing by a full member.  The subscription is £15 per year.

Society Address: The RAHS Secretary, Royal Artillery Historical Society, Royal Artillery Institution, Artillery House, Royal Artillery Barracks, Larkhill, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 8QT



RSA AS90 20230323

Gunner magazine

Contact details for Gunner Magazine:

01980 845652 (Editor) or 01980 634204 (Subscriptions)

Useful numbers include:

Welfare  01980 634309

Recruiting 01980 845843 (Officer) or 01980 845490

RA Journal 01980 845241 (Editor)

In Gunner you will find the latest news and articles about the wide range of activities that our serving and retired family get up to. The magazine is hosted through the RAA website.

Read more here

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The Royal School of Artillery

The Royal School of Artillery is an international Centre of Excellence for Artillery Training. The staff is made up of highly qualified Instructors from the Royal Artillery (RA), several overseas artillery instructors and Civil Servants.

click here for more on the Royal School of Artillery

We have been involved in almost every battle and operation the Army has fought in its 300 year history.

We are no longer granted battle honours, instead have the motto ‘Ubique’ which means “everywhere” and our colours are our guns. On parade our guns are right of the line, as the senior Regiment.

  1. 1716

    26 May - Royal Warrant by King George I raises two regular companies of artillery.

  2. 1832

    King William IV gives to the Regiment the motto 'Ubique'.

  3. 1945

    Gunners reach their peak, with over a million soldiers in a thousand artillery regiments.

  4. 2002-2014

    The Royal Artillery in its many roles on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  5. 2016

    26 May - Royal Review in the presence of HM The Queen to celebrate our 300th birthday.

  6. 2017

    Gunners still deployed around the world on operations providing Combat Support.

Training to lead: Airborne gunners are put through their paces


16 Regiment Royal Artillery welcomes Sky Sabre as their new Regimental Colours

16 Regiment, Royal Artillery received their new colours at a special parade full of pomp and ceremony at Baker Barracks on Thorney Island befitting any regiment accepting new colours into their charge.


Young Gunner takes part in first overseas exercise

A soldier from Warrington in Cheshire has recently taken part in her first overseas exercise since joining the British Army less than a year ago.

Public Duties

Changing of the Guard