- Royal Horse Artillery
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=Royal Horse Artillery
caption=Cypher of the Royal Horse Artillery
1 February 1793-Present
role=King's Troop - Ceremonial
1 Regiment - Field Artillery
3 Regiment - Field Artillery
7 Regiment - Airmobile Artillery
garrison=King's Troop -
1 Regiment - Tidworth
3 Regiment - Hohne, Germany
7 Regiment - Colchester
ceremonial_chief=HM The Queen
ceremonial_chief_label=Captain General, Royal Artillery
colonel_of_the_regiment=General Sir Alex Harley, KBE, CB
identification_symbol_label=Tactical Recognition Flash
anniversaries=The Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) is a regiment in the
British Army. "A" and "B" Troops of the Royal Horse Artillery were raised in January 1793 at Goodwood in Sussex by the 3rd Duke of Richmond, who was Master-General of Ordnance, to provide fire support for the cavalry. They were joined by two more troops in November 1793. All RHA personnel were mounted - a departure from the prevailing British practice under which the guns were served and drawn by different groups, which restricted tactical mobility.
Today, the RHA is operationally part of the Royal Regiment of Artillery (
Royal Artillery) order of battle; there are currently four separate regiments that wear the cypher ( cap badge) of the RHA:
King's Troop, Royal Horse Artilleryis primarily a ceremonial unit and uses vintage 13-pounder guns for firing salutes. However, it also has an operational role as part of the territorial defence of the United Kingdom. The King’s Troop is located in St John's Wood, convenient for firing gun salutes in Hyde Park.
1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery(The Liverpool and Manchester Gunners)
**Both 1RHA and 3RHA are armed principally with the
AS90155-mm armoured self-propelled gun.
7th (Parachute) Regiment Royal Horse Artillery- this was formed in 1962 from the 33rd Parachute Light Regiment Royal Artillery and served until 1977 as the artillery regiment of 16th Parachute Brigade. After a spell in Germany as a non-airborne unit, it returned to Aldershot where it joined 5th Airborne Brigadeand once again assumed the airmobile role. It is currently part of 16th Air Assault Brigadebased in Colchester, armed with the L118 105-mm light gun which is air-droppable from the C-130 Hercules.
Within the Royal Artillery structure, posting between the RA and the RHA is fairly common. However, the Royal Horse Artillery regiments are perceived as élite, and a posting to an RHA unit is regarded as a significant career advancement.
The Royal Horse Artillery has provided the
Queen's Guardon three occasions:
*1 RHA - January
*7 RHA - March
*King's Troop - April
The King's Troop provides the
Queen's Life Guardin Whitehall for three weeks in August each year while the Household Cavalry Mounted Regimentgoes away for summer training.
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Order of Precedence
paradewith its guns, the Royal Horse Artillery takes precedence over every other regiment and corps in the British Army, and parades at the right of the line. Otherwise, it immediately follows the Household Cavalry.
* [http://www2.army.mod.uk/kingstprha/ King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery] (Official MoD page)
* [http://www2.army.mod.uk/1rha/history.htm 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery] (Official MoD page)
* [http://www2.army.mod.uk/3rha/index.htm 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery] (Official MoD page)
* [http://www2.army.mod.uk/7pararha/ 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery] (Official MoD page)
* [http://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/British_artillery.htm Royal Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars]
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