LAUNCESTON'S 150-year-old 16th Field Artillery held its last ever parade yesterday.
It was a sombre day for the Paterson Barracks, which will be effectively disbanded from January 1.
To mark the artillery's proud history, a commemorative plaque was unveiled on a M2A2 Howitzer, which was only taken out of service 18months ago.
Colonel Commandant of the Royal Australian Artillery Association of Tasmania Stephen Carey said the barracks' soldiers were joined by past serving members of the artillery for the last parade and five of the previous eight battery commanders.
"It's an opportunity to recognise the tough times everyone here has been through," Colonel Carey said.
"They've had to take a lot of changes and we think they've done a good job."
Launceston has had an artillery presence constantly for the past 150years - and Colonel Carey said it could even date back 152 years.
After the parade, the artillery held a function at Boag's Brewery.
"It is even symbolic that we are finishing the day of the last parade at Boag's - James Boag was one of the original volunteers in the artillery," Colonel Carey said.