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12th Regiment Royal Artillery
12 Regiment RA.jpeg
Regimental insignia
Active 1947–Present
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Artillery
Role Ground Based Air Defence
Size Regiment
Part of 7th Air Defence Group
Garrison/HQ Baker Barracks, Thorney Island
Nickname(s) The Lancashire & Cumbrian Gunners
Equipment Starstreak missile

An HVM Stormer from 9 Bty. 12 Regt RA searching for enemy aircraft during an exercise in Germany

The 12th Regiment, Royal Artillery (12 Reg RA) is a air defence unit of the British Army's Royal Artillery.


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 and was subsequently assigned to the 3rd (United Kingdom) Mechanised Division, based in Bulford.[1]

Under Army 2020, announced in 2010 and amended in 2012, all air defence capability was placed under Joint Ground Based Air Defence Headquarters (JtGBAD HQ) based at RAF High Wycombe. However, under the Army 2020 Refine, announced in 2015 and amended in 2017, all army air defence capability was withdrawn from JtGBAD HQ and moved under 7 Air Defence Group (formerly 7th Air Defence Brigade). As part of the 2019 restructuring the group was moved under the direct command of the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division, and its headquarters moved to Baker Barracks, Thorney Island.[2][2][3][4]

As part of the Army 2020 Refine, 9 (Plassey) Battery was re-equipped with the HVM Stormer and subsequently removed the "(Headquarters)" subtitle. At the same time, 25/170 (Imjin) Battery was brought out of suspended animation and separated, thereby forming 170 (Imjin) (Headquarters) Battery in 2015.[5][6]

Current Structure

The regiment's current structure after the Army 2020 Refine is presented below.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "12th Regiment Royal Artillery". British Army Units 1945 on. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Force Troops Command Handbook". Retrieved 28 March 2019. 
  3. "Army restructures to confront evolving threats". British Army. Upavon. 31 July 2019. 
  4. "12 Regiment Royal Artillery" (in en-GB). 
  5. "12th Regiment Royal Artillery Official" (in en). 
  6. 6.0 6.1 at 10:43am, Emma Nelson 24th April 2015. "Reformation of the 'Imjin' Battery" (in en). 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "On a cold and occasionally wet and windy Salisbury Plain Training Area, 12 (Minden) Air Assault Battery, 58 (Eyre's) Battery, T Battery (Shah Sujah's Troop) and 170 (Imjin) Battery are all deployed on Exercise SPECULAR 19. Supporting 16 Air Assault Brigade, 12 and 20 Armoured Brigades on their readiness validation exercise, the batteries are providing Close Air Defence advice and protection in a high intensity conflict training environment." (in en). 
  8. "12th Regiment Royal Artillery on Instagram: "It was a beautiful morning for some Battle PT today for 170 (Imjin) Battery. @12regtra #thorneyisland #southcoast #physicaltraining…"" (in en). 
  9. "Last week saw members of T Battery (Shah Sujah’s Troop) RA deploy on an #Estonian Live firing exercise. A fantastic opportunity to see how our #NATO counterparts operate. Members of the Battery of course used this opportunity to put their Cold Weather Operators Course to the test by going for a dip in the #Balticsea" (in en). 
  10. "The Commanding Officer and Regimental Sergeant Major of @12regtra along with members of T Battery (Shah Sujah’s Troop) RA, are proud to show their support of our NHS and all those working tirelessly to keep us safe." (in en). 
  11. "12th Regiment Royal Artillery on Instagram: "Today #Commander 7 AD Gp paid a visit to the @12regtra Missile Firing Camp, ran by 9 (Plassey) Bty, in Manobier. He got to meet the newly…"" (in en). 
  12. "Maj Chris Bulmer RA hands over Battery Command of 9 (Plassey) Bty RA to Maj Rob Price RA today. @12regtra and the Bty wish you and your family all the best for the future and thank you for your dedication to the men and women of the Regiment and Battery.". 3 August 2020. 
  13. "Ex #JointWarrior saw soldiers From 12 (Minden) Air Assault Battery participate in Europe’s largest military exercise, bringing together Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force; along with forces from other nations.". 23 October 2019.,P-R. 
  14. "12 (Minden) Air Assault Battery recently Deployed to Croatia as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade for Exercise Swift Responce." (in en). 
  15. "12th Regiment Royal Artillery on Instagram: "Currently deployed on #TORAL 10, Bdr Stanyard of 58 (Eyre’s) Battery RA has been #awarded the Kabul Security Force #Commander’s Coin for…"" (in en). 
  16. "12th Regiment Royal Artillery on Instagram: "Soldiers from the @12regtra Wksp celebrated the @reme_official 78th Birthday this week with a competitive football tournament and a huge…"" (in en). 

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