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5 SCOTS are an Air Assault Infantry battalion and form one of five regular battalions in The Royal Regiment of Scotland. We are based at Howe Barracks in Canterbury. We currently form part of 16 Air Assault Brigade and have recently returned from Op HERRICK 13 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in May 2011 where we conducted ground holding operations to provide security for the local population of Helmand as well as training and mentoring the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.
The Battalion's key capability is Air Assault, the tactics of using troop-carrying helicopters supported by Attack Helicopters to insert large amounts of infantry into enemy locations.
5 SCOTS has a distinguished history dating back to 1794. The battalion was formed of two Highland Regiments, the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders. Both were successful and renowned in their own rights with the 93rd in particular gaining 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.
Today 5 SCOTS continue the fine traditions of their famous forebears on active service across the world. In the last decade they have deployed to Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Each deployment has seen them conduct themselves with the courage, tenacity and humour always associated with the Scottish Infantry.