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British Troops Return Home After Op Shader Deployment

3 SCOTS have been supporting the coalition effort against Islamic State in Iraq.

Troops from 3 SCOTS have returned to the UK after deployment to Iraq.

The battalion has been supporting the coalition effort against the so-called Islamic State in the Middle East as part of Operation Shader.

Part of their work included helping train local forces and providing security to US troops at Al-Assad Air Base.

Its one of the first times American forces have trusted a foreign military with such a role. 

Lieutenant Colonel Rob Hedderwick, Commanding Officer 3 SCOTS, spoke about how important their deployment was:

"Seven months of hard work - really successful.

"Over 1,200 border guards and soldiers trained by our men, but great to be back now and back with our families."

3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland 3 SCOTS Homecoming Family

After months away from their loved ones, families were reunited at Fort George.

For some in 3 SCOTS - it’s not the first time they’ve had to spend months away from their family while on deployment - but for others, it was their first tour.

3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland 3 SCOTS Homecoming Private Jordan McSeveney-Liddell and daughter

Private Jordan McSeveney-Liddell was overwhelmed as his children jumped into his arms:

"It was absolutely amazing, I was so glad when they ran up to me - it put a really big smile on my face."

3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland 3 SCOTS Homecoming Private Ewan Ross daughter

For Private Ewan Ross, it was the first time he had been away from his family.

"It's just difficult being away from your family for the first time - especially having a newborn."

With their duty in Iraq done - the soldiers from The Black Watch can now look forward to enjoying some of the home comforts they’ve missed over the past few months.

3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland 3 SCOTS Homecoming Lt Col Rob Hedderwick with his family leaving Fort George
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