From Defpro: The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS), have recently been training in France with the French Army’s 152nd Infantry Regiment.
Exercise Gaulish Hackle took place at the Centre d’Entrainement aux Actions en Zone Urbaine (CENZUB) – a French urban warfare training facility, in December 2011.
Officer Commanding A Company 5 SCOTS, Major Neil Brown, explained the rationale and purpose of the Exercise: "During November 2010, on the eve of the events that happened in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy signed a security cooperation treaty.
"The Prime Minister and President Sarkozy created a joint mechanism to address outside threats against the UK and France. Its purpose was to save expenditure on weapons, and to form joint expeditionary forces. . . ."
5 SCOTS will host a French Army unit in the UK during 2012. (photo: Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette)