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British Army Gunners from 16 Regiment, Royal Artillery, set up a Rapier FSC Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) system at Blackheath, London, on 2 May 12, as part of Exercise Olympic Guardian.

16th 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 Rapier missile. One of its Rapier Batteries is always deployed to the Falkland Islands.

The regiment also operates the counter rocket artillery and mortar system (C-RAM). C-RAM destroys enemy projectiles in flight.[1]

In August 2007, 16 Regt RA relocated to St George's Barracks in Rutland from Woolwich. Its departure from the Royal Artillery Barracks where the RA had been based since 1716 was marked with a ceremony on 25 July 2007.[2] The next move for the Regt will be to Thorney Island between 2013/2014.

The Regiment was part of the 2012 London Olympics Air Security Force.[3]


After the Army 2020 refines the regiment will control the following:


  1. "Royal Artillery Careers". Ministry of Defence. Archived from the original on 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2009-04-18. "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." 
  2. Newshopper

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