Soldiers set off for Afghanistan

2 SCOTS' bags are loaded onto a truck at Glencorse Barracks

2 SCOTS' bags are loaded onto a truck at Glencorse Barracks

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Around 250 soldiers from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), based at Penicuik, have deployed to Afghanistan to support training for the Afghan National Army.

As part of the UK’s commitment to NATO’s Peace keeping mission in Afghanistan - 2 SCOTS latest role will enhance Kabul’s Security Force and assist in providing security to UK and NATO personnel in Kabul.

The eight month tour, which will see the battalion deploy in two roulements, is in support of NATO Military personnel advising at Afghan security institutions including the Afghan National Army Officers’ Academy. They will also play a role in the coordination and movement control of NATO forces around the Afghan capital.

Commanding Officer of 2 SCOTS, Lieutenant Colonel Graeme Wearmouth said: “We’ll be in Kabul to provide an extra layer of protection and control for the wider NATO mission but our main responsibility will be to support the Afghan forces who lead on security in the area.

“This is a great opportunity for us. We’re a light role infantry battalion taking up a mechanised role with the use of the Foxhound vehicle.

“Many members of the battalion have previously been deployed to Afghanistan in combat roles. This is a completely different mission for us and a lot of work has gone into training and preparing the soldiers for this deployment.”

The battalion has previously completed three combat tours in Afghanistan and is well prepared for the next challenge of carrying out a supporting role in the country.