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The Royal Artillery

In every battle for 300 years - Ubique

The Royal Artillery provides firepower to the British Army. We're responsible for finding the enemy using a variety of high-tech equipment and then when we need to, striking them using everything from explosive shells to advanced precision rockets.

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

Current Deployment

"Everywhere" - this is our motto.

Some of the countries we have a military presence are:

  • Estonia
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Afghanistan. 

Past deplyments

  • Cyprus 
  • Northern Ireland

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.

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. There is also one unit in Germany due to move back to the UK soon. With the majority of our units in the South we offer great stability.

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So many trades – opportunity is endless. Phillip, 22

The Royal Artillery provides experts on the battlefield for all matters regarding surveillance and firepower.

We operate across the entire battlefield from the front line with the infantry, supporting them in the thick of operations, all the way back to our own lines ensuring that logistic support is provided to our soldiers and equipment.

We provide the "eyes" and the "strike" on the battlefield to make the mission a success. We use guns/missiles, radars, unmanned aircraft, and specialist soldiers to bring our capability to the forefront and to be a vital asset on land, sea and in the air.

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.

Units and Battalions

How the Royal Artillery roll