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Balaklava Company (5 SCOTS)

Balaklava Company (5 SCOTS) is a rifle company of The Royal Regiment of Scotland based in Redford Barracks, Edinburgh. We are part of 51 Infantry (Scottish) Brigade. 

After recently deploying with 2 SCOTS to Afghanistan as part of the UK’s commitment to NATO’s peace keeping mission there, Balaklava Company soldiers are now accomplishing public duties and state ceremonial tasks  in Scotland.  

Formation and history

Balaklava Company was formed in June 2013 when 5 SCOTS was re-organised in accordance with the Army 2020 structural changes. 

With a distinguished heritage reaching back to 1794, Balaklava Company continues the fine traditions of its famous forebears -  the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders who were were formed of two Highland Regiments, the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders. Both were successful and renowned in their own rights.

Balaklava Company’s name has its roots in the 93rd gaining particular fame as the 'Thin Red Line' at Balaklava during the Crimean War and winning six Victoria Crosses in one day at Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny.

Our soldiers conduct themselves with the courage, tenacity and humour always associated with Scotland's Combat Infantry. Sport and adventure training play a vital role in developing our skills. 


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