16th Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery
|16th Troop, Royal Australian Artillery|
|Active||1860 – present|
|Allegiance||HM Elizabeth II, Captain-General of the RAA|
|Size||1 Artillery Troop|
|Part of||10/27 RSAR|
|MAJ PJ Wirth (Battery Commander 6/13 LT BTY)|
|Ceremonial chief||HM Elizabeth II|
The 16th Field Battery was an Australian Army Reserve unit based in Tasmania with depots at Paterson Barracks in Launceston and Derwent Barracks in Hobart until 2013, when it was reduced in size to a troop, and amalgamated with its Adelaide-based sister battery, 48 Field Battery, to form the 6th/13th Light Battery. The unit is the oldest artillery unit in the Australian Army, and the longest continually serving unit in Australia.
The troop traces its history to the Launceston Volunteer Artillery Corps, a volunteer formation raised by the citizens of Launceston on the 6th of June, 1860 under the Tasmanian Colonial government. Following Federation it was handed over to the newly formed Commonwealth and became part of the Citizen's Military Force. Despite numerous increases, reductions and name changes over the years, the Launceston detachment has remained in operation continuously from its formation right through to the present day, and has inhabited the historically significant Paterson Barracks for that entire time.
As of the 1st of January, 2013, 16 Troop, along with 48 Troop (based in Adelaide), together constitute the 6th/13th Light Battery, which, under the Australian Army's Plan Beersheba, is now a subunit of the 10th/27th Battalion, Royal South Australia Regiment. Despite being subordinate to an infantry regiment, the gunners of 16 Troop remain soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, and continue to wear the RAA hat badge and white lanyard. Like fellow Tasmanian Unit 12/40th Battalion Royal Tasmania Regiment (12/40 RTR) it is part of the Adelaide based 9 Brigade.
Like the rest 9 Brigade, 16 Troop's force generation cycle is now aligned with that of the Australian Regular Army's 1st Brigade (based in Darwin).
In 2010 the then 16 Field Battery converted from the 105mm M2A2 to F2 81mm Mortars, and this weapon system was inherited by 6/13 Light Battery, which it employs to provide organic indirect fire support to 10/27 RSAR.
- MARY MACHEN. "Gunning for our barracks". The Examiner.
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