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3 SCOTS Go On The Road

Over the last decade The Black Watch, the 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland have been fighting their enemy on foot.  Just nine...

Over the last decade The Black Watch, the 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland have been fighting their enemy on foot. 
 
Just nine months ago they were a light role infantry battalion that had just got back from an operational tour in Cyprus.
 
This year change is in the air. They've begun training for a new role as light mechanised infantry. 
 
2016 has been about getting to grips with the Foxhound and R WMIK vehicles they will use.
 
Recently 400 soldiers in 70 vehicles travelled from their base in Scotland to England for the next phase of their training.  
 
They proved to be quite a sight on the A9 – travelling from the Scottish Highlands to Otterburn, and then Salisbury Plain. Once there they'll conduct live firing before the huge combined arms Exercise Wessex Storm. 
 
The exercise will be the biggest test yet of their new role, and for a battalion that's traditionally brought the fight to their enemy on foot it's been quite a change. 
 
Over the next two weeks The Black Watch have more than 600 miles to cover, and a new role to test out – as their new vehicles will be pitted against a live, formidable enemy on Exercise Wessex Storm.