The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) are an Air Assault Infantry battalion and form one of seven Battalions in the Royal Regiment of Scotland. They have been based in Howe Barracks in Canterbury since 2003.
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.
They currently form part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, 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.
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.
The Battalion most recently returned from Operation Herrick in May 2011, where the majority of troops had either been deployed in ground holding roles, in various areas of central Helmand or training and mentoring the Afghan National Police.