Soldiers from the Highlanders (4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland) will head to Ukraine to take part in Exercise Cossack Mace.
The exercise is in partnership with the military of Ukraine.
The British Army say that the soldiers from Catterick based 4 SCOTS will take part in a series of testing serials that will focus on their infanteering skills and co-operation with friendly militaries.
“Following an initial focus on those low-level infantry skills and trades that form the basis of a professional infanteers job, the exercise will move onto a larger scale to develop higher level co-ordination and allied activity. Both nations will be able to practice their skills in the field and continue to develop their high-quality capabilities.
As well as continuing to practice their military skills both sides will take time out to learn something about each other’s cultures and history, an opportunity to find out about each other’s difference but also a large amount of shared viewpoints and culture.”
4 SCOTS are a mechanised infantry Battalion based in Catterick.
The British Army say on their website that 4 SCOTS recruit mainly from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and their traditions, built around the historical Highland Regiments, can be traced back hundreds of years and encompass every major conflict the British Army has taken part in.
According to a news release:
“In recent years they have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Highland soldiers have a worldwide reputation for skill and ferociousness in combat and this, along with the famous Kilts and Pipes & Drums of a Scottish soldier make 4 SCOTS and the Royal Regiment of Scotland one of the most distinctive and well-known infantry units in the world.
Relationships between British and Ukrainian governments and Armed Forces have gone from strength to strength in the last thirty years and the exercise reinforces this growing tradition of cooperation that looks to continue into the future.
With the Ukraine looking to improve their interaction and interoperability with NATO this Bilateral exercise is a visible commitment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Government and highlights the United Kingdom’s desire to support the Ukraine.”