[ Sgt Michael Willetts & Sgt Walter Beard ]

7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

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[ 2 Para ]

[ 2 Para ]

[ 3 Para ]

[ 4 Para ]


7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA) is a regiment of the Royal Artillery in the British Army. It currently serves in the field artillery role with 16 Air Assault Brigade, and is equipped with the L118 Light Gun.


Based at Merville 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. As of 2010 the regiment had participated in all of the operational tours undertaken by the Army in the twenty-first century, including Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Iraq. G Para Bty deployed in the infantry role to Kosovo in 2005 and as of 2010 over 200 members of the regiment were deployed in Afghanistan. It is the only parachute light-gun regiment in the British army ... read more


The Airborne Gunners

Deploy alongside the Parachute Regiment; our elite soldiers are trained to parachute into battle with their guns. 7 Para RHA the Army's only parachute light gun regiment, the Airborne Gunners primary role is to provide artillery support to 16 Air Assault Brigade. This demands a high level of training, agility and readiness to deploy on operations. We are organised into Fire Support Teams (FSTs) to find the enemy and our gun batteries provide the firepower for the strike. Our FSTs use portable GPS-lasers, thermal and night vision sights. Once the FST has identified the enemy location, our airborne gunners provide the strike where needed on the battlefield. Guns, mortars, attack helicopters and fast jets are all coordinated by the FST to deliver a devastating strike. We have served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. 7 Para RHA is a very exciting place to be and you will have a challenging and rewarding time within the Regiment. I commend you to adopt the World War II Airborne motto adopted by paratroopers on D Day and to "go for it" in my Regiment. The Regiment has been "in action" frequently in recent years, with batteries deployed on all the British Army's operations worldwide.
Despite this high level of commitments and a busy training programme supporting the Parachute and Attack Helicopter Regiments, 7 Para RHA is renowned for its sporting successes and lust for adventurous training. This culture combines to give 7 Para RHA an outstanding, strong Regimental spirit and an excellent reputation.