Soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland have deployed as a high readiness reserve for the UK's evacuation mission in Afghanistan.
Eighty-four members of A Company left Fort George, near Inverness, on Monday for the Joint Air Mounting Centre at South Cerney, Gloucestershire, and will be ready to deploy forward to Kabul at short notice if required.
The troops will join about 100 of their colleagues, from D Company and Battalion Headquarters, who moved south last week.
The same soldiers returned from Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, at the end of June after providing protection for the NATO training and mentoring mission in the city.
Ahead of their deployment, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace spoke to the soldiers to wish them well.
He also met staff who had spent the previous week preparing kit and equipment in case of any deployment at short notice.
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Cover image: 3 SCOTS leaving their base to deploy as a high readiness reserve for Operation Pitting, the UK's evacuation mission in Afghanistan (Picture: MOD).