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The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS).

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The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS).

Afghanistan 2008, image courtesy of D Poderis.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS).

The Royal Regiment of Scotland (SCOTS) was formed in 2006 as part of the restructuring of the British Army. It consisted of five Regular and two Territorial Army battalions. The ‘Argylls’ were renamed as The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS).

Despite the changes the Regular battalions retained their links with their antecedent regiments, so:

Regular

  • 1 SCOTS  The Royal Scots Borderers, which was an amalgamation of 1st Battalion, The Royal Scots and 1st Battalion, The King’s Own Scottish Borders,
  • 2 SCOTS  The Royal Highland Fusiliers
  • 3 SCOTS  The Black Watch
  • 4 SCOTS  The Highlanders
  • 5 SCOTS  The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Territorial

  • 6 SCOTS  52nd Lowland
  • 7 SCOTS  51st Highland

5 SCOTS were stationed at Canterbury, in Kent, England and were part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, Britain’s primary Rapid Reaction Force. The Brigade is one of the largest in the British Army, with approximately 8,000 personnel including: Air Assault Infantry, Parachute Battalions, Signals, Pathfinders, Attack and Utility Aviation, Artillery, Engineers, Armoured Recce, Logistic and Equipment Support, Medical and Provost capabilities.

In 2008 and from September 2010 to May 2011, 5 SCOTS were deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan and were involved with the Police Development and Advisory Training Team (PDATT), where they were responsible for training and mentoring of the Afghan National Police (ANP); conducting ground holding operations to provide security for the local population and redevelopment.

“At the end of another hard tour in Helmand, all the Officers and Men as well as the families of 5 SCOTS can reflect on what has now passed. It is perhaps only in retrospect that it becomes apparent how much has been achieved during the tour by all elements of the Battalion and by our Afghan partners.” Lieutenant Colonel Adam Griffiths 2011

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