12th Regiment Royal Artillery
|12th Regiment Royal Artillery|
|Active||1947 – present|
|Role||Ground Based Air Defence|
|Part of||Joint Ground Based Air Defence Headquarters|
|Garrison/HQ||Baker Barracks, Thorney Island|
|Nickname(s)||The Lancashire & Cumbrian Gunners|
The regiment was established in 1947 when 7th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery was retitled 12th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery. It was deployed to Palestine that year, to Libya in 1948 and Trieste in 1950. It also saw action in Malaya in 1963 and Borneo in 1964. Units saw tours in Northern Ireland during the Troubles in 1971, 1974, 1977 and 1979. T Battery and 9 Battery were sent to the South Atlantic during the Falklands War in 1982. T Battery and 58 Battery saw action during the Gulf War in 1991. 12 Battery was deployed for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
It is currently under the Joint Ground Based Air Defence Unit and will continue to do so under Army 2020. Under Army 2020, T Battery will re-role to a further Stormer HVM battery while 25/170 (Imjin) Battery moves out of suspended animation to be the new HQ battery.
Batteries as of 2014
The batteries are as follows:
- 170 (Imjin) - Headquarters Battery
- T Battery (Shah Sujah's Troop) - Self Propelled HVM
- 9 (Plassey) Battery Royal Artillery - Self Propelled HVM
- 12 (Minden) Air Assault Battery - Lightweight Multiple Launcher
- 58 (Eyre's) Battery - Self Propelled HVM