Royal Artillery

12th Regiment Royal Artillery

Close Support Air Defence

We specialise in delivering vital Close Support Air Defence to the UK’s manoeuvre forces, providing protection to critical assets from a range of airborne threats.

Our Regiment

Facts & Figures

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Active From:

1947

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Role:

AIR DEFENCE

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Specialism:

CLOSE SUPPORT AIR DEFENCE

Our Skills

We specialise in delivering vital Close Support Air Defence to the UK’s manoeuvre forces, providing protection to critical assets from a range of airborne threats.  

Specialist trade areas: 

  • Guided missile operator
  • Armoured vehicle operator
  • Advanced communicator
  • Parachutist

We are also the premier sporting regiment within the Royal Artillery.

 

Current Deployments

Estonia: Deployed to provide Close Support Air Defence to NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltics.

Canada: Supporting operational brigades as they conduct large scale manoeuvre training.

USA: Working with US partners to provide Close Range Air Defence in a coalition environment.

Hungary: Working with NATO allies to develop joint Close Range Air Defence tactics and techniques.

Kenya: Supporting light-role operational brigades as they conduct dismounted infantry training. 

Past deployments: 12th Regiment Royal Artillery has been involved in every major operational deployment, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and every major exercise for the past 20 years.

Our Location

Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hampshire

The jewel in the crown of Royal Artillery locations, Thorney Island is located on the South coast of England and forms part of the beautiful Chichester harbour. Only 10 miles East along the coast from Portsmouth city centre, it is the only Royal Artillery camp to boast its own sandy beach!