Australian Army Airborne Artillery Jacket

A Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery was formed in 1871 as was to take part in virtually all of Australia’s conflicts from that date to the present day. In 1984, the battery assumed the role of parachute deployable artillery for 3 RAR as part of the Parachute Battalion Group. In 1995, 105mm L119 Hamel guns were air dropped for the first time by the battery. In 1999, the battery deployed personnel to serve in East Timor as part of INTERFET. The same year the battery was made an independent battery after 8th/12th Medium Regiment moved to Darwin. In 2002, the battery became part of 4th Field Regiment. The battery adopted 3 RAR’s parachute wings and dull cherry beret. In April 2002, the battery deployed to East Timor as part of UNTAET and later UNMISET in non-artillery roles with 3 RAR returning in October 2002.

The battery has since deployed personnel in artillery roles to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Reconstruction Taskforce and on secondment to 29th Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. The battery has also deployed personnel to East Timor for Operation Astute in non-artillery roles. In the late 2000s, the Parachute Battalion Group changed to an Airborne Combat Team reducing the battery’s role supporting 3 RAR to maintaining the parachute qualifications of observers. On 30 September 2010, the battery became part of 1st Field Regiment and moved to Enoggera Barracks in Queensland in January 2011.

Today we are looking at a lightweight tracksuit style jacket embroidered with the unit’s insignia:

This jacket was probably used to provide a lightweight warm layer, probably for when men were doing PT. The lightweight sports jackets were worn over games kit to keep the wearer warm when he stopped doing physical activity, before or after exercise and for wear by instructors who would not be moving as much as the men they are teaching. This jacket is made in Green, with a hood concealed in the collar under a zip:

The badge of A Field Battery is embroidered on the left breast in white thread:

The basic tracksuit seems to be a standard commercial design and was made by Canterbury, a New Zealand owned company that uses a logo of three Kiwi birds to form stylised letters ‘CCC’ for Canterbury Clothing Company’. These can be seen on the exterior of the jacket down the right breast:

Although the company is based in new Zealand, it clearly has manufacturing capacity in Australia as the jacket indicates it was made here on the label:

I am not sure if this was an official military purchase for the unit, or a private, small batch done privately for them, perhaps buying the jackets off the shelf and getting a local embroidery firm to add the insignia.

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