The 21 Air Assault (Gibraltar 1779-1783) Battery Royal Artillery provides Air Defence capability to 16 Air Assault Brigade.
Historically it can trace its roots back to 1758 and has fought in campaigns in America, Canada, West Indies, Gibraltar, Boer War and First and Second World Wars. In 1992 the Battery was converted to an Airborne role within 24 Air Mobile Brigade.
Based in Thorney Island, Hampshire, the current Battery joined 16 Air Assault brigade in September 1999 and is part of 47 Regiment Royal Artillery. It was renamed 21 Air Assault (Gibraltar 1779-1783) Battery Royal Artillery in February 2001. The Gibraltar title is in honour of the service the Battery gave during the great siege of Gibraltar in 1779-1783.
Elements of the Battery have deployed on operations with 16 Air Assault Brigade in Kosovo and Afghanistan.
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