British Army Foxhound as used by 3 SCOTS, The Black Watch (Crown Copyright, 2012)

3 SCOTS in Iraq

The Black Watch Deploys on Operation Shader

The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) have confirmed hand-over from 2 RIFLES in Iraq. The Scottish soldiers have taken-over from 2 RIFLES at Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq as part of Operation SHADER, Britian’s contribution to the Coalition fighting the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, Daesh).

3 SCOTS will form part of the US protection force. This is one of the first times that the US has trusted a foreign military with its security. While on deployment in Iraq, they will provide security at the Al-Asad Air Base and also be involved in training local Iraqi military units in an effort to stabilise the security situation after the defeat of the Islamic State.

3 SCOTS will take on the Foxhounds while deployed in Iraq

3 SCOTS will take on the Foxhounds while deployed in Iraq

In order to ensure mission readiness, 3 SCOTS took part in training on Cumbria’s moors and in Norfolk before leaving the UK.

As a light mechanised battalion, 3 SCOTS worked on their heavy machine gun skills and firing from mounted positions on vehicles.

When on the ground in Iraq the battalion will be using Mastiffs and Foxhounds.

For the majority of their 290 year history, The Black Watch have been fighting their enemy on foot. However, as part of Army 2020, soldiers from The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) are having to get to grips with armoured vehicles, in particular one of the British Army’s most advanced bits of kit, the Foxhound.The Army’s newest protected patrol vehicle was rolled out towards the end of Operation Herrick in Afghanistan and will be the workhorse of the mechanised infantry for many years to come.

Sources: 3 SCOTS; Forces.net; Forces.net