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23 Field Regiment RAA

2012 Transition

 

The year 2012 turned into a year of transition for the Regiment. In September the L119 Hamel Light 105mm Gun departs and is replaced by the 81mm Mortar. This will happen at both of the Sydney Reserve Artillery Regiments, each stepping down to a single Battery each and placed within a Reserve Infantry Battalion, 'under command for administration'. However each battery will have 2 of the older 105mm M2A2 Guns, combining these to fire salutes. The White Lanyard will be retained and 23 Field Regiment retains the 'Trobruk' hatbadge. This leaves no Gun Batteries, Regular or Reserve, in NSW, the birthplace of Artillery in Australia.

Not to be daunted 23 Field Regiment had a very good attendance at the Sydney Anzac March in April, followed by curtain fall events for the 105mm Hamel Gun in June. A live firing exercise at the Singleton Range on the weekend 2/3 June, followed by the Queen's Birthday Salute in mid June, in this Her Diamond Jubilee Year.

The following pictures are courtesy of 23 Fd Regt RAA Association member Ron Weewan.

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Anzac Day

 
The Association Banner led by CO LTCOL Warwick Young
 
  & Association President Barry Willoughby  
 
 
followed by
 
 
 
 

serving members &

Association members

 
 
 
 
then the re-union at the Rugby Club
 
 
     
     
 
105mm
 
Curtain
 
Fall
 
     
June LFX
     
 
     
 
 
 
Under camouflage nets
 
 
 
Command post
 
 
Gun
 
 
     
 
 
Setting for line
 
 
Ready
 
 
     
 
 
Shot
     
Fire for effect
 
 
 
Association members interact with serving members.
 
 
             
     
Queen's Birthday
     
             
 
     
 
 
The Guns
     
The composite Band
 
 
     
 
 
Detachments march on
     
Take Post
 
     
     
     
Fire