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.
Balaklava Company retain our proven light infantry role and are currently deployed with 2 SCOTS In Kabul, Afghanistan. The SCOTS soldiers are supporting training for the Afghan National Army, and as part of the UK’s commitment to NATO’s peace keeping mission in Afghanistan, are part of the Kabul Security Force providing protection for UK and NATO personnel in the city.
Balaklava Company also fulfil some public duties and state ceremonial tasks in Scotland. During the summer and autumn of 2014, we provided Her Majesty The Queen's Royal Guard at Ballater.
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.