The Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery (RAA) marked the regiment’s 150th anniversary this weekend with commemoration services held across the country.
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To honour the momentous occasion, the RAA is also expected to undertake numerous additional services until December 2021 around the country.
Minister for Defence Peter Dutton called upon all those remembering the history of the RAA to also look towards the regiment’s future, noting the widespread force modernisation that has occurred within the RAA.
“Now is a fitting time to reflect on the establishment of an enduring Australian artillery capability: the batteries, the equipment and most importantly, the Gunners who have served and protected Australia and its national interests for 150 years,” Minister Dutton said.
“As we reflect, we must also look to the future of the RAA, an arm that continues to adapt and brings together many of the Australian Army’s multi-domain effects – land, air and electromagnetic – into a unified and potent outcome.”
Indeed, the artillery’s role in the warfighting capability of the Australian Army has expanded immensely over the last 150 years and now includes guided munitions and drones.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee acknowledged the long and distinguished service history of the regiment that predates federation itself.
“Since before the Federation of Australia, the story of the Australian Artillery originates on 1 August 1871, when the NSW Colonial Government funded and raised its first permanent battery,” Minister Gee said.
“There will be many proud family members and friends today as we recognise the contribution of our Artillery members and enjoy the services taking place across the country in recognition of this significant anniversary.”
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