Welcome to 2RCHA
This website has been designed to provide information on the Regiment’s history, recent events and current taskings. 2 RCHA was formed on 7 August, 1950 as the Artillery Component of the Canadian Army Special Force for United Nations service in Korea. Since then, 2 RCHA has operated and trained across the world and across the spectrum of operations including humanitarian relief in Turkey, Honduras, Haiti, and Pakistan, peacekeeping in Cyprus and Bosnia and war fighting in Korea and Afghanistan.
This website also has information on our current operations, training and social events as well as important contacts. On behalf of the Regiment, Welcome to the 2 RHCA website. Ubique!
Ex Spartan Bear II
BBAAAAAARRRRMMMM…Hello. This is your Captain speaking. You will receive one free boarding pass for an all-inclusive road move to
My tropical Meaford vacation would include all of the same elements of any cruise. Included in the ticket was the pleasure craft (civvie bus), expensive food (Navarin, dinner #10), and of course it was all you can drink (from your local water buffalo). Notables not included in the 10 day stay were a) your DWAN e-mail account and b) your PERs. The bus was leaving on 8 May and I was looking forward to it.
HQ Bty was part of the main body to move down to Meaford on the morning of 8 May; the first packet departed the Z lines at 0500 hrs. A Regimental road move presents a multitude of challenges and many man hours go into the preparation and planning of such a move. Considering the challenges involved, the road move to, and later back from, Meaford ran quite smoothly. On the way to Meaford the Regiment had 10 breakdowns including mechanical issues with a differential plug, trailer wheel bearings, an HLVW transmission, and brakes on one of the howitzers. Regimental Transport described the move as being good experience for drivers, crew and technicians. The last packet arrived in Meaford at 0245hrs on 9 May, hungry and tired.
No live fire was to be done on Ex Spartan Bear II so the main focus was put on the local defense of the battery’s positions. 2 RCHA received great support from Engineers throughout the exercise. When arriving on either of the gun battery’s positions one could see how important this was as an elaborate system of trenches had been dug to help conceal and protect the M777s and command vehicles. It should be noted that despite the Engineer support, the troops and command teams from each battery spent countless hours digging personal trenches, laying concertina wire, applying further concealment through using cam nets and working long periods of time in hot weather to increase the defensibility of their positions.
(Above: Soldiers dig in their gun positions)
The first few days of the exercise saw a number of recce and deployments of the guns, but the last two days were almost solely dedicated to defensive upgrades and the upcoming enemy attack. BHQ D Battery commented that “the length of time devoted to the last position gave time to demonstrate more properly upgraded OPs and LPs.” Observation Posts and Listening Posts are integral pieces of the local defense puzzle as when these positions are properly sighted they can give ample forewarning of enemy movement within the battery’s area of operation.
What would a military exercise be without its “Points to Sustain” and “Points to Improve”? Of course there were many from Ex Spartan Bear II; that is what training is about, applying lessons learned, learning from mistakes and building on successes. This exercise’s “lesson learned” is on proper challenges at check points. It should be noted that when challenging using the password the proper challenge is “Tango Tango,” with a reply of “India India” (based on a password of TIGER). Flabbergasted would be a good way to describe BC F, Major Williams’s expression as he recounted his story of arriving at a check point one night to a challenge of, “Are you the enemy?” to which he replied, “No,” and was then allowed to pass. However, much progress was made throughout EX Spartan Bear II and a great point to sustain came from Brigade Commander Col Hetherington. At a recent 2RCHA Officer’s function Col Hetherington described the defences of
(Above: Lt Wilson, WO Reid and Gnr Graham in their defensive position)
Ex Spartan Bear II served as a great way for the Regiment to display exactly what we can do. With the speed at which today’s dynamic battlefields move and change, the notion of the Artillery being in the rear guard has become a thing of the past. Modern Artillery gun positions need to be prepared at all times to provide a strong and effective defence against a highly mobile and capable enemy. This makes an exercise like this one of utmost importance as the Guns need to be able to not only provide indirect fire support but also be able to properly defend their position in the likelihood of an enemy attack.
Lt W.J. Malone
Freedom of the City, Kingston 2012
On 26 May 2012, the Second Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery excercised the right to Freedom of the City in conjunction with the office of the Mayor of the City of Kingston. On a beautiful Saturday morning 2RCHA marched from Fort Frontenac to Kingston City Hall led by their Commanding Officer LCol G.W. Ivey. The parade was well attended by the public who watched from various points along the route and from the immediate vicinity of City Hall. Military displays were later open to the public with rides and events for children and demonstrations from hand to hand combat trained soldiers.
History of the Freedom of the City:
“The privilege of being granted the “Freedom of the City” is an ancient and honoured tradition which began in the 15th century and was developed when cities and towns were surrounded and protected by walls. During the War of the Roses in
Above: The Regiment Marches Past Kingston City Hall
Above: His Worship Mayor Mark Gerretsen Inspects the Troops
Above: 2RCHA Marches Under the Shadow of an M777