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Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) gave the Auld Alliance a distinctly modern twist when they represented the British Army on Exercise Gaulish in April.
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Normally based in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, the infantry unit deployed its Alpha (Grenadier) Company to France to work with 8 Régiment de Parachutistes d’Infanterie de Marine (8 RPIMa).
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Both sets of troops conducted collective training at the Centre d'Entrainement aux Actions en Zone Urbaine (CENZUB) facility, located in the Hauts-de-France region.
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Interoperability is a key component in modern warfare, especially within the context of NATO, and the work done by 4 SCOTS strengthens the bond of military cooperation that was codified by the 2010 Lancaster House treaties.
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British forces continue to work closely with France on a range of military projects, including the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF).
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France and the UK regularly conduct exercises together to reinforce that the CJEF is one of the most important bi-lateral partnerships for UK defence. The security of France, the UK, their people and their interests is mutual.
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Exercise Gaulish itself saw the allies complete a training package in urban terrain, with the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), interpreters, and combat service support (CSS) force elements.
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Previous iterations of the drills have seen the likes of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles (1 RGR) and the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh (1 R WELSH) enjoy time in France.
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Over the past year, 4 SCOTS, known as The Highlanders, has also deployed soldiers on Operation Rescript, providing military support to the NHS in the fight against Covid-19, and to the jungles of Belize on Exercise Mayan Storm.