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The Workshop, 12 Air Defence Regiment, Napier Barracks, Dortmund   The Workshop, 12 Air Defence Regiment, Napier Barracks, Dortmund

1989: 12 Air Defence Regiment was equipped with the Rapier missile system. It consisted of both Towed Rapier and Tracked Rapier (on a launcher vehicle). The equipment was maintained by a Workshop manned by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Between the Mechanical and Technical buildings of the Main Repair Group, a Foden lifts a power pack into a launcher vehicle, steadied by two men standing on a support vehicle. Staff Sergeant ‘Spud’ Edwards is pointing (in the central group).

WO2 (Workshop Sergeant-Major) Paul Danks, wearing his peaked cap, can be seen near the doorway of the Tech building (on the right). Nearby, two electricians are working on a launcher. At left, a Craftsman works at a run-up test stand in the Mech building.

For a while, 12 Regiment RA adopted a square patch of red cloth behind the cap badge worn on the beret. Shortly after my visit in order to paint this scene, the Army Dress Committee ordered its removal.

12 Air Defence Regiment RA was based at Napier Barracks, Dortmund, West Germany.

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Printed image size(s): B2 only (58 x 38 cm)

Owner: 12th Regiment Royal Artillery

Price(s): £65