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                                  3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery (3 RHA) have encountered a very busy twelve-month period, meeting the
demands of preparing Service Personnel (SP) for various operations and exercises around the world, such as Op CABRIT (Poland), Ex ASKARI STORM (Kenya), Ex WESSEX STORM and WARFIGHTER to mention a few. Additionally, the Regiment has been preparing to resubordinate from a Light Gun to a Multi Launcher Rocket System (MLRS) Regiment as part of the Integrated Review (IR). Such a move sees L Bty move to 1 RHA, I Bty and N Bty amalgamate to 7 RHA and C Bty move to 4 Regt RA, whilst 3 RHA welcome SP from 26 Regt RA to the Regiment.
In Nov 22, SSgt (SSI) Jowers assisted in the forming of the 3 RHA Nordic Skiing team, the team travelled to the mountainous region of Skeikampen in Norway for Ex NORDIC GUNNER. The annual training camp provided a very novice team with valuable experience, learning the skills and technical models for classic and freestyle techniques, along with plenty of time on the range putting the marksmanship principles into action, whilst under physical duress.
After a well-deserved Christmas leave, the team headed to Cher Chevalier in the French Alps for Ex PIPEDOWN, the Army qualifiers. After a slight scare from a lack of snow, a large dump the night before the first race set the scene for what was to be a very challenging 10-days. Despite five of the six members of the team racing in the Novice category, 3 RHA placed 7th overall in the combined team standings, ensuring their qualification for the Army Championships. The most notable team performance coming in the Military patrol race where 3 RHA finished an impressive 4th overall. The team then progressed straight on to compete in Ex RUCKSACK, the Army Championships in Ruhpolding, Germany. This saw athletes across the Forces compete in the stunning Chiemgau Arena, regularly used on the international stage to host competitions. 3 RHA placed a respectable 11th overall winning silverware for the best combined RA team and the fastest RA team on the military patrol race.
SSgt (SSI) C Jowers RAPTC
 SSgt (SSI) C Jowers along with regional RAPTCIs and 3 RHA gym staff at the Inter Unit Swimming Championships in Catterick Garrison Leisure Centre.
 Being committed to assisting with the delivery of sport within the region, 3 RHA hosted UK North Cross-Country League Race 4 in Feb 23, then a mere one week later, 3 RHA hosted the UK North Inter Unit Swimming Championship at Catterick Garrison Leisure Centre, where an outstanding 18 teams participated in a strongly contested competition and once again, members of 3RHA gym staff alongside regional RAPTCIs worked tirelessly to deliver a highly successful competition.
March 23 saw SSgt (SSI) Jowers and 22 other members of the Regiment embark on Ex BEDOUIN CYPHER, a 200km walk of the Jordan trail from Petra to the Red Sea in Aqaba. The Jordan trail is a long- distance hiking trail that spans the entire length of Jordan, from Um Qais in the north to Aqaba on the Red Sea in the south. The section of the trail that runs from Petra to Aqaba is one of the most popular and scenic parts of the trail. The trail passed through a diverse range of landscapes, from the rugged mountains of Wadi Araba to the stunning sandstone canyons of Petra. Along the way, the team visited ancient ruins, traditional Bedouin villages, and natural hot springs. The hike was completed over a duration
SSgt (SSI) C Jowers and the nordic skiing team getting inspected prior to the military patrol race at the Army Championships in Ruhpolding
of 11 days where members of 3 RHA displayed remarkable endurance, meeting the physical and mental challenges associated with traveling 200km on foot with a combined weight of 15kgs.
3 RHA now look forward to welcoming and fully integrating members of 26 Regt RA to the Regiment and preparing C and D Bty to deploy on Op CABRIT in Sep 23 and Mar 24 respectively, as newly formed MLRS Btys.
SSgt (SSI) C Jowers along with other members of 3RHA at the end of Ex BEDOUIN CYPHER at the Red Sea in Aqaba.

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