The future of The Black Watch has now been guaranteed.
When asked about earlier speculation that The Black Watch could be cut, the Prime Minister said:
“It is preposterous to listen to the Scottish National Party talking about their desire to support defence when everybody knows fine well that it is thanks to the UK-wide investment that we’re able to deliver not just the Black Watch and DfID in East Kilbride, but a fantastic programme of shipbuilding in Govan and Rosyth.”
The Black Watch is going nowhere.
— Ministry of Defence Press Office (@DefenceHQPress) November 19, 2020
The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Why are they called the Black Watch? According to Forces TV here there a few theories:
- The colour of the tartan is so dark and therefore gave them the name
- The Black Watch were employed against the protection rackets at the time
- It was suggested that as they worked for an unpopular government when they were created they were considered black-hearted
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced what the Ministry of Defence have called “the biggest investment in the UK’s Armed Forces since the end of the Cold War”, confirming an “injection of £16.5 billion” over four years.
Johnson confirmed that the Royal Navy acquire 8 Type 26 Frigates, 5 Type 31 frigates, the “next generation” Type 32 frigates, the new Fleet Solid Support Ships and a new multi-role research vessel.
Johnson also said that the funding would allow for:
- A new centre dedicated to artificial intelligence
- A national cyber force
- RAF space command launching British satellites from Scotland