Field Artillery

With stand down of coast defences, the 5th Regiment was redesignated as a fiield unit, concerned with support to army units in expeditionary operations.  While Coast Defence Artillery is just what it implies, defensive in nature, Field Artillery has both offensive and defensive capabilities.

Field artillery is a category of mobile artillery used to support armies in the field. These weapons are specialized for mobility, tactical proficiency, long range, short range and extremely long range target engagement.  The Guns used by the 5th Regiment today are howitzers capable of low and high elevation fire.  The 5th started its field carreer using the 155mm towed howitzer and later adopted the C1 howitzer and most recently upgraded to the product improved C3 howizter capable of longer range.

Field artillery has survived to this day both in name and mission, albeit with motor vehicles towing the guns, carrying the crews and transporting the ammunition. Modern artillery has also advanced to rapidly deployable wheeled and tracked vehicles and precision delivered munitions capable of striking tarkets at ranges between 15 and 300 kilometers. There exists to date no other singularly effective all weather fires delivery system which rivals the modern field artillery.

Field Artillery History