SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2012) - Mr. Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced the official name change of 3rd Field Artillery Regiment adding the title, "The Loyal Company" once again to its name. This name change will reinforce the heritage of the unit which traces its origins to the Loyal Company of Artillery founded in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1793.
"Today, I am proud to announce that the gunners and officers of Canada's oldest continuous serving Artillery Regiment will once again call themselves the Loyal Company," said Mr. Weston. "This historic regiment, the oldest continuous serving artillery unit in Canada, and the brave men and women of the Canadian Forces who have been a part of the Regiment over the years deserve to be honoured and recognized for their significant contribution and longstanding service in the defence of our great nation."
Since its formation in 1793, the Loyal Company has answered the call to arms, defending the New Brunswick coastline during the War of 1812, protecting Saint John from the Fenian attack of 1866, deploying overseas during the Great War and the Second World War, the Korean Conflict and numerous NATO operations abroad including Bosnia, the Golan Heights and Afghanistan. Restoring the former name, 3rd Field Artillery regiment (The Loyal Company) allows the regiment to reconnect with its traditions and history, and to renew its affiliation with the local area
"This is a proud day for all gunners and officers who've ever worn the badge of the Artillery in New Brunswick," said Lieutenant-Colonel Steven Strachan, Commanding Officer of 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, The Loyal Company. "Bringing the Regiment back to its roots by calling us, 'The Loyal Company' once again marks not only the sacrifices made by our personnel, but this name change brings us back to how we began and why."
During today's announcement, the Regiment was also presented with the recognition of its involvement in the War of 1812, signifying the Regiment's participation and valiant efforts in that war.
The Regiment also showcased the arrival of six 105 mm LG1 Mark II Howitzer Guns. The arrival of these Guns is part of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery's Howitzer redistribution program, which will allow the Regiment to train on the most up-to-date Guns the Canadian Army is using.
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