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2 RIFLES Parade Through Hometown To Mark Homecoming

Soldiers from 2 RIFLES have paraded through their hometown of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, to mark their homecoming...

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, The Rifles have paraded through their hometown of Lisburn, Northern Ireland to mark their homecoming from operations.

His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex paid tribute to the battalion, that has had troops deployed in both Sudan and Iraq over the last 18 months.

The 2 RIFLES Royal Colonel chatted with riflemen about their work supporting the UN humanitarian effort in Sudan.

They were also part of Operation Inherent Resolve, training Iraqi forces to secure the country after the defeat of so-called Islamic State.

There is a strong link in the garrison town of Lisburn between the military and the civilian population and people turned out to show their appreciation for their work.

2 RIFLES will also be given the freedom of the city in recognition of their work on operation.

The unit is now looking to reset as a single unit ahead of a big exercise in Jordan later this year.

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