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15th/23rd Coastal Battery
Formed 1939
Branch British Columbia Army
Part of' Royal Regiment of British Columbia Artillery
Size 1 batteries
Regimental HQ Tsawwassen
Abbreviation 15/23 C Bty
March British Grenadiers
Motto Latin: Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt (Whither Right and Glory Lead); Ubique (Everywhere)
Colonel-in-Chief HM the Queen
Nickname The Gunners
Tactical Flash
Rbca

The 15th/23rd Coastal Battery, RBCA is a unit of the BC Army, and is one of the dedicated coast defence missile batteries of the Royal Regiment of British Columbia Artillery. Although formally the single-battery unit is designated an active force formation, only A Troop is actually active force; B Troop is manned by members of the Militia.

Some ranks in Royal BC Artillery units are different from those in other Army units. Specifically, in in all units of the Royal Regiment of British Columbia Artillery a Private is called a Gunner (Gnr), a Lance Corporal is called a Lance Bombardier (L Bdr) and a Corporal is called a Bombardier (Bdr).

History Edit

The 15th Coastal Battery was formed in 1939 at Gordon Head, Victoria with two QF 18-pounder 83.8 mm field guns and one searchlight to protect the Royal BC Navy radio intelligence station co-located on the site. The 23rd Coastal Battery was formed in 1941 at Steveston, Richmond with one QF 18-pounder field gun, which was replaced a year later with two QF 25-pounder field guns; a searchlight was also located there.

The two batteries were amalgamated at Steveston in 1946 and designated as the 15th/23rd Coastal Battery, relegated to Militia status in 1947 and finally disbanded in 1952.

In 2007 the unit was reformed at Tsawwassen with the Hsiung Feng II surface-to-surface missile on towed launchers.

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