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7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (7 PARA Regt RHA) provide artillery support to 16 Air Assault Brigade.

7 PARA is organized into gun batteries, who operate the L118 105mm howitzer, and Fire Support Teams (FST), who deploy alongside 16 AA Bde's infantry units in order to call in fires from the batteries. FSTs are also trained to call in close air support from Apache helicopter gunships, fast jets and fires from mortar units.

7 PARA Regt RHA Organization

  • I Headquarters Parachute Battery (Bulls Troop) RHA
    HQ for the regiment, no guns.
  • F (Sphinx) Parachute Battery RHA
  • G Parachute Battery (Mercer's Troop) RHA

Other elements within 7 PARA include the Aviation Tactical Group (Avn Tac Gp), which fields Fire Support Teams, and 7 RHA LAD REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers).

Members of 7 PARA Regt RHA are parachute trained. The L118 105mm howitzer used by 7 PARA can be airlifted onto the battlefield by Chinook or Puma helicopter (as an under-slung load), towed by medium-weight vehicles or even deployed by parachute from C-130 aircraft.

7 Para Regt RHA manning light gun
Soldiers with 7 PARA Regt RHA man a L118 light gun.
IS DoD photo by Capt. Richard Nenno

7 Para Regt RHA Fire Support Team
A member of a 7 PARA Regt RHA Fire Support Team calls in artillery fire during an exercise with U.S. Marines.
IS DoD photo by Capt. Richard Nenno
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