Army

Royal Lancers Return Home After Six-Month Kosovo Deployment

Soldiers were unable to see their loved ones throughout their deployment and now many of them have been reunited with their loved ones.

Soldiers from the Royal Lancers have returned home to their families after their six-month deployment to Kosovo.

The British Army armoured cavalry regiment was part of NATO's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operation in the region, to support peace and stability in the Balkans.

Due to COVID-19, the soldiers were unable to see their loved ones throughout their deployment and now many of them have been reunited with their loved ones.

Major Andrew Horsfall, Commanding Officer of D Squadron for the Lancers, said he was really looking forward to talking to his children in person after so long.

"My long-suffering wife has had six months of dealing with three children on her own, so I'm fully expecting her to be happy to see me.

Soldiers from the Royal Lancers have returned home to their families after six months on deployment.

"But yeah, I'm very much looking forward to seeing them in person, not over a phone screen or an iPad – that's going to be great."

He and the other Lancers returning home have been deployed on Operation Elgin 7 in Kosovo, with Maj Horsfal explaining their responsibilities there. 

"We were focused on the human terrain and human population, so the majority of our job was spent talking to people, interviewing people, whether it be restaurant owners, business owners or high-level politicians, a complete raft of different people," he said.

"There's always the possibility and the threat in Kosovo of protests leading into violence and so, ultimately, if we can understand that population, we can understand the triggers and the warnings that would lead to an event."

For now, returning personnel have six months of missed family time to catch up on.