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Regimental Information

Based at Kirkee Barracks, Colchester, 7 Para RHA has been associated with Airborne Forces for nearly forty-three years, since its formation in 1962 as a direct descendant from the 33rd Parachute Light Regiment, Royal Artillery. Serving in 16 Independent Parachute Brigade, 5 Airborne Brigade and now 16 Air Assault Brigade, the Regiment has always been proud of its links with Airborne Forces - despite an eight year spell in Osnabruck, Germany from 1977 to 1984.

With the realisation of the need for an integrated and self-contained gunner regiment capable of providing both close support artillery and point air defence, 7 RHA returned to North Camp and an air defence troop (P troop), equipped with the Javelin AD missile system, was incorporated in to the regimental organisation.

In 1988 the Regiment was re-titled 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA). In 1997 P Troop moved to Thorney Island near Portsmouth, where it joined 47 Regt RA as a cost-cutting exercise.

The regiment has participated in all of the operational tours undertaken by the Army in recent years, including Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Iraq. G Para Bty deployed in the infantry role to Kosovo in 2005 and over two hundred of the regiment are currently deployed in Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 4.

The history of 7 is one that might be mistakenly considered as relatively young. The airborne link suggests an origin in 1940, however (through the individual batteries) a full and proud history of over two hundred years of service can be traced.

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