Afghanistan

2 SCOTS Set Off For Afghanistan Deployment

The Fusiliers are having to undergo a period of quarantine at RAF Wittering before flying out to the country for Operation Toral.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland have set off from their base to deploy to Afghanistan.

The unit left Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik on Tuesday morning for RAF Wittering, near Peterborough, where they will undergo a period of quarantine before flying out to Kabul.

The troops are deploying as part of NATO's Resolute Support mission and will take over from sister battalion, 4 SCOTS.

Sergeant David Bannis, 2 SCOTS, told Forces News: "I’m actually looking forward to it.

"At the end of the day that’s what we join up for. It brings a little bit of excitement into the day-to-day routine."

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2 SCOTS' preparation for the deployment has been far from the norm with training following a number of restrictions. 

Lieutenant Colonel Oli Dobson, Commanding Officer of 2 SCOTS, told Forces News: "The preparations have been fantastic.

"It's obviously been made more complicated by the COVID environment but I couldn’t have asked for more effort and exertion and dedication from the troops of 2 SCOTS.

"It has been fantastic. We are absolutely ready to go."

2 SCOTS load bergens ahead of going to RAF Wittering for quarantine before deploying on Op Toral in Afghanistan 131020 CREDIT BFBS
Soldiers load their bergens onto a lorry ahead of heading south to RAF Wittering.

Operation Toral - the UK's contribution to the NATO mission in Afghanistan - sees British troops operate in non-combat roles.

Responsibilities include training the Afghan security forces, as well as providing security and protection to NATO advisors and government officials.

British troops have not had a combat role in the country for almost six years.