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The Highlanders (4 SCOTS)

The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) are a mechanised infantry Battalion based in Catterick, North Yorkshire. 4 SCOTS soldiers are currently deployed  in Iraq, continuing the British Army's training and mentoring role for Iraqi Security Forces to help maintain the momentum in the fight against Daesh.

The Highlanders have a proud fighting heritage having deployed twice to Iraq (2005 and 2008) and three times to Afghanistan (2008 with one company, 2011 and 2014). 4 SCOTS were the last SCOTS Battalion to deploy on combat operations to Afghanistan under Op HERRICK, providing the Manoeuvre Battlegroup Headquarters and training the Afghan National Army at the Regional Corps Battle School.

4 SCOTS soldiers have deployed overseas on a number of exercises over the last 12 months. These have included Exercise LION SUN in Cyprus, providing a Battle Group Headquarters for a multi-national exercise in Bavaria, supporting sister SCOTS Battalions in Kenya, and sending a Short Term Training Team to Oman to help the Omani Army prepare for a UK-based exercise - Ex WESSEX STORM. 

In between operational deployments and training, the Battalion maintains a number of sports teams (rugby, football, boxing, cross country and skiing) and constantly seeks opportunities for its soldiers to challenge themselves and expand their boundaries on adventurous training expeditions. 

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