​ The superb Northern Ireland multiple tour, Falklands War 1982 ‘Rapier’ Ground to Air Missile ‘1 Kill’, First Gulf War, Cyprus and Kosovo 1999 operations long service group awarded to Sergeant R.P. Platts, Royal Artillery, who when with 'T' Battery, 12 Air Defence Regiment​ as a three man detachment commander operating the Rapier surface to air missile system, was credited with having engaged and downed an enemy aircraft during the Falklands War. He went on to see service on multiple tours of Northern Ireland, and was present during the F

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The superb Northern Ireland multiple tour, Falklands War 1982 ‘Rapier’ Ground to Air Missile ‘1 Kill’, First Gulf War, Cyprus and Kosovo 1999 operations long service group awarded to Sergeant R.P. Platts, Royal Artillery, who when with 'T' Battery, 12 Air Defence Regiment as a three man detachment commander operating the Rapier surface to air missile system, was credited with having engaged and downed an enemy aircraft during the Falklands War. He went on to see service on multiple tours of Northern Ireland, and was present during the First Gulf War amongst other conflicts, seeing service through to 2004. 

Group of 6: Campaign Service Medal 1962, 1 Clasp: Northern Ireland; (24558792 BDR R P PLATTS RA); South Atlantic Medal 1982 with Rosette; (24558792 GNR R P PLATTS RA); Gulf Medal 1990-1991, Clasp: 16 Jan To 28 Feb 1991; (24558792 BDR R P PLATTS RA); United Nations Medal for Cyprus; Nato Medal for Kosovo; Jubilee Medal 2002, this with box of issue; Regular Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EIIR Dei.Grat. bust; (24558792 SGT R P PLATTS RA), mounted court style as worn with the exception of the Jubilee Medal 2002 which is housed in its box of issue.

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Richard Philip Platts was born on 3rd October 1963, and enlisted into the British Army at Shrewsbury on 18th August 1980 as a Gunner (No.24558792) with the Royal Artillery. Having trained as a three man detachment commander with the surface to air missile system, Platts found himself deployed as a Bombardier on the Rapier Ground to Air Missile System as part of 'T' Battery, 12 Air Defence Regiment. As a detachment commander he was responsible with the acquisition and engagement of enemy aircraft. Platts is confirmed as having engaged and downed an enemy aircraft during the Falklands War, a fact which was further recorded in The Sun newspaper at the time.
He went on to qualify as a fire group commander responsible for the sitting and deployment of up to six weapon platforms and close liaison with other battlefield users, and saw service on multiple tours of Northern Ireland, during the First Gulf War, and on peacekeeping duties in Cyprus and operations in Kosovo in 1999. Latterly in his service as a senior non commissioned officer he was responsible for overseeing the administration and welfare of up to 30 soldiers. Platts was also present in support of operations during the Second Iraq War in 2003, though in this case it would appear to have been purely in a support role, as there is no indication that he received the medal, and his record of service does not mention this. Platts was discharged after 23 years service on 10th January 2004. 


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