Friday, 15 November 2013

Fort George - 4

This young army cadet was certainly enjoying himself demonstrating some of the latest weaponry, but life can be tough for a regular soldier.

3 SCOTS are a light infantry battalion which forms one of seven battalions within The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Based at Fort George near Inverness, we currently form part of 19 Light Brigade and have recently returned from Helmand Province in support of Op HERRICK 15. This was our second tour of Afghanistan, the first being Op HERRICK 10 in 2009.

The Battalion traces its roots from The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) and has a long and distinguished history dating back to 1739. The Black Watch gained a number of battle honours throughout this time, and has fought in major battles from the Peninsular War to the Iraq War.

During our first tour of Afghanistan, 3 SCOTS were deployed in an air assault role based in Kandahar. We mounted a number of air assault operations into known enemy strongholds. 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.

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