The Black Watch 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) are a light role infantry battalion based in Fort George, Inverness. Since our return from Afghanistan in the spring of 2012, 3 SCOTS have enjoyed a varied and challenging period in the United Kingdom. The battalion supported the 2012 Olympic Games, and provided HM The Queen's Royal Guard at Balmoral the same year.
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.
During our second tour the Battle Group oversaw the expansion of Government control throughout the Nad-e Ali district and revisited those crossing points particularly around the Loy Mandeh Kalay to establish new police checkpoints and reopen the bazaar to boost commerce for the local population.
In early 2013 we assumed the role as the United Kingdom's Contingency battalion, providing contingency support to civilian authorities and are maintained at high readiness to deploy if required. In this role we provided public order capability for the G8 summit, and have trained for and deployed in support of local governments in England and Wales during Fire Brigade Union industrial action.
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.
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