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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