48th Field Battery, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery

Local Australia Day celebrations went off with a bang, a twenty one gun Ceremonial Artillery Salute, executed from Montefiore Bridge, Adelaide by 9 Brigade’s, 48 Field Battery.

The 48th Field Battery, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, (48 Fd Bty, RAA) is an artillery battery of the Australian Army. The battery traces its lineage back to a unit that was formed for service during the First World War.

48 Fd Bty is a part of the Australian Army's 9th Brigade, currently located at Keswick Barracks South Australia. It is tasked with engaging targets of immediate concern to units of the 9th Brigade and the provision of timely, intimate offensive fire support to such units.

Until recently the battery was a six-gun battery utilising the United States designed M2A2 Howitzer firing 105mm ammunition, however, following the reorganisation of the Australian Army Reserve's artillery units, the battery now uses the 81mm mortar as its primary weapon platform. The unit maintains a number of M2A2s, however, which are reserved for ceremonial occasions such as 21-gun salutes.