The Black Watch 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) is based in Fort George, Inverness and commanded by 51 Infantry (Scottish) Brigade. Having completed a six-month peacekeeping mission in Cyprus in 2015, we are training to operate the Foxhound armoured vehicle for our new role as Light Mechanised Infantry.
3 SCOTS soldiers continue the proud fighting tradition of the The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment). Over the past 10 years, we have completed two operational tours in Iraq under Op TELIC and two tours in Afghanistan under Op HERRICK. During the first tour in Afghanistan, as part of Operation PANTHERS CLAW, the soldiers of the Battalion famously seized crossing points across the Nahr-e-Burgha canal and the Shamalan canal after a number of combat engagements.
Scottish infantry soldiers have to adapt to and accomplish many more roles than purely combat operations. Between March and September 2015, the Battalion led 250 soldiers from 14 Units to fulfil the UK’s commitment to the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The peacekeeping role maintains the integrity of the Buffer Zone that runs between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots on the island.
Closer to home, 3 SCOTS have provided notable support to the wider UK community. Our soldiers assisted with both the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the London Olympics in 2012, deployed in support of local governments in England and Wales during Fire Brigade Union industrial action while acting as the UK's Contingency battalion, and provided Her Majesty The Queen's Royal Guard at Balmoral in 2012.
Sport and adventurous training is a vital part of life in The Black Watch. Our soldiers are constantly striving to better themselves whether individually or as part of a team.
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