16th Regiment Royal Artillery
|16th Regiment Royal Artillery|
|Active||1947 – present|
|Part of||Joint Ground Based Air Defence|
|Garrison/HQ||Baker Barracks, Thorney Island|
|Nickname(s)||The Invicta Gunners|
|Equipment||Rapier Field Standard C, Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP)|
16th Regiment Royal Artillery is a regiment of the Royal Regiment of Artillery in the British Army. It currently serves in the air defence role, and is equipped with the Rapier FSC Short Range Air Defence (SHORAD) missile system and the Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) system. One of its Rapier Batteries is always deployed to the Falkland Islands.
The regiment was established in 1947 when 2nd Coast Regiment Royal Artillery was retitled 16th Coast Regiment Royal Artillery. As 16th Light Air Defence Regiment it was deployed to Borneo in 1965. It undertook tours in Northern Ireland during the Troubles in 1973, 1974, 1976 and 1979 and 14 Battery took part in the Falklands War in 1982.
In August 2007, the Regiment relocated to St George's Barracks in Rutland from Woolwich. Its departure from the Royal Artillery Barracks, where the Royal Regiment of Artillery had been based since 1716, was marked with a ceremony on 25 July 2007. More recently the Regiment has been moved to Baker Barracks, Thorney Island and is coolocated with 12 Regiment Royal Artillery (HVM VSHORAD) , its higher Headquarters Jt GBAD HQ and will soon be joined by the Ground Based Air Defence Branch from the Royal School of Artillery
The regiment is equipped with the Rapier Field Standard C SHORAD missile system providing local area air defence to land formations and airfields. It also provides a Land Environment Air Picture Provision capability to land formation HQs which provides a local Recognised Air Picture. Previously it also provided the now out of service Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar C-RAM and Automated Sense & Warn (AS&W) Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) capabilities on Operation TELIC (Iraq) and Operation HERRICK (Afghanistan) respectively.
The batteries are as follows:
- 11 (Sphinx) Battery Royal Artillery - Rapier Field Standard C
- 14 (Cole's Kop) Battery Royal Artillery - Rapier Field Standard C
- 20 Battery Royal Artillery - Headquarters Battery
- 30 Battery (Rogers's Company) Royal Artillery - Rapier Field Standard C
- 32 (Minden) Battery Royal Artillery - Rapier Field Standard C
- 49 (Inkerman) Battery Royal Artillery - Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP)
- Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer (REME) Workshop - Equipment maintenance and repair workshop
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Other operational commitments are conducted (in the tertiary role) using C-RAM - a new and highly sensitive self defence system which destroys rockets and projectiles in flight. Applicable to Gunner Rapier applicants only.
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