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2nd Air Defence Regiment (The Vancouver Regiment)
Formed 1899
Branch British Columbia Army
Part of' Royal Regiment of British Columbia Artillery
Size 2 batteries
Regimental HQ Richmond
Abbreviation 2 AD Regt (VR)
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
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The 2nd Air Defence Regiment (The Vancouver Regiment) , RBCA is a regiment of the BC Army, and is an air defence unit of the Royal Regiment of British Columbia Artillery.

A Battery is an active force formation equipped with surface-to-air missiles, while B Battery is a Militia (reserve force) formation equipped with towed anti-aircraft guns.

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 2nd Air Defence Regiment (The Vancouver Regiment) traces its origins back to 1899, when the Vancouver Artillery Regiment was formed at Point Grey, Vancouver. The 1st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment was formed in 1915 and was deployed to Europe for the duration of the Great War. As part of the 1920 restructuring of British Columbia's artillery units, the Vancouver Artillery Regiment and the 1st AAA Regiment were amalgamated and the new regiment was designated as the 2nd Air Defence Regiment (The Vancouver Regiment).

The regiment was mobilised for the Second World War in 1939 and, after training periods in BC and the United Kingdom, went on to serve in North Africa until 1942, when it returned to BC and subsequently took part in the Aleutian Islands campaign and other engagements in the Pacific theatre.

The regiment was once again mobilised in 1951 and served in Korea throughout the Korean War until the armistice of 1953. Alpha Battery was also deployed to Afghanistan, where it served in the airfield defence role at Kabul airport.

Engagements Edit

The Great War Edit

The Second World War Edit

The Korean War Edit

Afghanistan War Edit

Battle Honours Edit

  • First World War: (multiple)
  • Second World War: Aleutian Islands 1942-43; (multiple others)
  • Korea 1951-1953

Equipment Edit

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