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39th Regiment RA

39th Medium Regiment Royal Artillery
Dates Locations Batteries - Equipment
1947.04.01 RHQ 2nd Medium Regiment RA was retitled RHQ 39th Medium Regiment RA, with 36 and 169 Med Btys redes from 4 Bty of 4/7 Med Bty and 8 Bty of 8/12 Med Bty respectively  
1947.04 Palestine: Various Locations 36 and 169 Med Btys
5.5" Gun
c1948 Libya: Homs and Misurata 36 and 169 Med Btys
5.5" Gun
1951.01 Scotland: Dundonald Camp, Troon, Ayrshire 5.5" Gun: Part of 3 AGRA
  1 Feb 51: Converted to 39th Heavy Regiment RA, 180 Bty joined from S/A (Late 72nd Coast Regt RA) 19 Coast Bty joined as a cadre only from 47th Coast Regt M59 155mm 'Long Tom' Howitzer (36 & 169 Btys),  7.2" Howitzer (180 Bty)
  15 Mar 51: 19 Coast Bty converted to 19 Heavy Bty (cadre) 19, 36, 169 and 180 Hy Btys
c1950 to 1952 England: Tilshead 19, 36, 169 and 180 Hy Btys
M59 155mm 'Long Tom' Howitzer,  7.2" Howitzer (180 Bty)
1952.02 England: Carter Bks, Bulford 19, 36, 169 and 180 Hy Btys
M59 155mm 'Long Tom' Howitzer,  7.2" Howitzer (180 Bty)
1952.09 England: Busiginy Bks, Perham Down  19, 36, 169 and 180 Hy Btys
M59 155mm 'Long Tom' Howitzer,  7.2" Howitzer (180 Bty)
  1955: Converted from towed to SP M59 155mm 'Long Tom' Howitzer  
1958.02 Cyprus: Dekhelia/Jophinou Camps 19, 36, 169 and 180 Hy Btys
Infantry Role
1958.12 England: Durranhill Camp, Carlisle  19, 36, 169 and 180 Hy Btys
M59 155mm 'Long Tom' Howitzer
  15 Dec 58: 180 Bty S/A (disbanded 1/1/62). 19, 36 and 169 Hy Btys
  7 Dec 59: 169 Bty S/A to resuscitate 171 Bty (complete by 31/12/59) 19, 36 and 171 Hy Btys
1960.01 Germany: Dempsey Bks, Sennelager 19, 36 and 169 Hy Btys
  3 Feb 60: Converted to a Missile Regt  
  15 Sep 60: 75 Bty reformed 19, 36, 75  and 169 Hy Btys
Honest John (36 Bty & 19 Bty) Towed 8” M115 Howitzer(75 Bty & 171 Bty)
  18 Mar 64: redesignated 39th Missile Regiment RA  
  1 May 68: 75 Bty S/A; ‘H’ Missile Bty, RA joined from 6th Light Regt RA as ‘H’ Msl Bty 19 & 36 Msl, 169 and H Hy Btys
Honest John (36 Bty & 19 Bty) Towed 8” M115 Howitzer (H Bty & 171 Bty)
  31 Oct 72: 132 Bty joined ex 27th Medium Regt RA, later had a HQ Bty  
  1 Nov 72: 36 Bty to 50th Missile Regt RA  
  Nov 72: Redesignated 39th Medium Regiment RA. 19 Bty and 171 Bty disbanded and 176 Bty joined regt. Equipped with M109 (132 & 171 Btys) and M110 (H Bty) ‘H’, 132, & 176 Med Btys
M109 (132 & 176 Btys) and M110 (H Bty)
  25 Oct 73 - 27 Feb 74: Northern Ireland: Fort George, Londonderry  
  4 Dec 75 - 6 Apr 76: Northern Ireland: H bty HMP Maze; 132 bty Aughnacloy; 176 bty Lurgan/Craigavon  
  Mar 1976 - Northern Ireland ( 76 )  
  Jan 77: Redesignated 39th Field Regiment RA ‘H’ Hy, 132, & 176 Fd Btys
  1977: 43 Bty joined regt, equipped with Blowpipe ‘H’ Hy, 43, 132, & 176 Fd Btys
M109 (132 & 176 Btys) and M110 (H Bty) Blowpipe (43 Bty)
  12 Jan -11 May 78: Northern Ireland Tour - Belfast (Ardoyne/New Lodge)  
  1979: M110 upgraded to M110A1 by fitting an extended 8240mm barrel M109 (132 & 176 Btys) and M110A1 (H Bty) Blowpipe (43 Bty)
  15 Mar 80: Granted the Freedom of the City of Paderborn, Germany  
  24 Nov 80 - 11 Apr 81: Northern Ireland: Fermanagh/Maze  
  Late 81: 43 Bty moved to UK ‘H’ Hy, 132, & 176 Fd Btys
  Apr 82: Redesignated 39 Heavy Regiment RA ‘H’, 132, & 176 Hy Btys
  Apr 82: H Bty S/A. 132 and 176 Btys left regt. 34, 56 and 76 Btys joined. 34, 56 and 76 Hy Btys
M110A1
  Nov 84: Northern Ireland ( 34 bty)  
  Jul 85: 132 joined from 14 Regt. 76 Bty left regt 34, 56 and 132 Hy Btys
  1986: 176 Bty from 14 Regt and 34 Bty left regt. 56, 132 & 176 Hy Btys
  1987: Regt lost its nuclear role reorganised with M110A2 and M109A2  M110A2 (132, 176) M109A2 (56 Bty)
  Dec 89: Regt took part in its final firing camp with the M110 equipment  
  Feb 90: Equipped with MLRS   
  Late 1990: 56 moved to independent role at Portsmouth Bks, Munster? 56, 132 & 176 Hy Btys
MLRS
  Jan 1991: Gulf War (132 & 176 Btys)  
  1992: 56 Bty rejoins regt as 56 (HQ) Bty  
  Apr 93: Redesignated 39th Regiment RA 56(HQ), 132 & 176 Btys
  1993: 57 Bty joined regt 56(HQ), 57, 132 & 176 Btys
  Jun - Dec 93: Cyprus UN  
1995.07 England: Albermarle Bks, Newcastle  56(HQ), 57, 132 & 176 Btys
MLRS
  Nov 1995: Bosnia (57 Bty)  
  Jun - Dec 96: Cyprus UN  
  Feb 1998: Phoenix (57 Bty) MLRS & Phoenix (57 Bty)
  May 2000: Northern Ireland (NIBAT)  
  Apr - ? 01: Kosovo (57 Bty)  
  Nov 2002: Northern Ireland (NIBAT)  
  May 2003: All Btys MLRS MLRS
  Aug 2003: Northern Ireland (NIBAT)  
  2003: 57 Bty moved to 32 Regt and 74 Bty joined 32 Regiment 56 (HQ), 74, 132 & 176 Btys
  Jul 04: 35 Bty joined, newly reformed ex 22 Regiment RA 35, 56 (HQ), 74, 132 & 176 Btys
  Apr - Oct 07: Afghanistan: Op Herrick 6  - 1 Troop of MLRS 12 Mechanised Brigade 
  Oct 07 - Apr 08: Afghanistan: Op Herrick 7  - 1 Troop of MLRS 52 Infantry Brigade 
  Apr - Oct 08: Afghanistan: Op Herrick 8 - 1 Troop of MLRS  16 Air Assault Brigade 
  Apr - Oct 09: Afghanistan: Op Herrick 10 - 1 Troop of MLRS  19 Light Brigade 
     
  will be removed from the ORBAT by October 2015  
     

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