12th Regiment Royal Artillery

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12 Regiment Royal Artillery
Active1947 – present
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch British Army
RoleGround Based Air Defence
Size5 Batteries
Part of7 Air Defence Group
Garrison/HQBaker Barracks, Thorney Island
Nickname(s)The Lancashire & Cumbrian Gunners
EquipmentStarstreak missile
An HVM Stormer from 9 Bty. 12 Regt RA searching for enemy aircraft during an exercise in Germany

12 Regiment Royal Artillery is a regiment of the Royal Artillery in the British Army. It currently serves in the air defence role, and is equipped with the Starstreak missile.


The regiment was established in 1947 when 7th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery was retitled 12th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery.[1] It was deployed to Palestine that year, to Libya in 1948 and Trieste in 1950.[1] It also saw action in Malaya in 1963 and Borneo in 1964.[1] Units saw tours in Northern Ireland during the Troubles in 1971, 1974, 1977 and 1979.[1] T Battery and 9 Battery were sent to the South Atlantic during the Falklands War in 1982.[1] T Battery and 58 Battery saw action during the Gulf War in 1991.[1] 12 Battery was deployed for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[1]

In January 2008, the regiment moved to the Baker Barracks, Thorney Island upon its return from Germany.[1]

It is currently under the Joint Ground Based Air Defence Unit and transferred to 7 Air Defence Group in 2019. Under Army 2020 Refine, 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.[2]

Batteries as of 2014[edit]

The batteries are as follows:[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "12th Regiment Royal Artillery". British Army Units 1945 on. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  2. ^ Gunner Magazine, December 2012
  3. ^ "12th Regiment Royal Artillery". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 11 November 2014.

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