06 Mar 2017

Defence Secretary thanks Scottish Armed Forces for service

The Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, has praised the contribution from the Armed Forces in Scotland while on a visit to Scots-based Army units in Edinburgh.

The soldiers who Sir Michael had the pleasure of meeting have either recently returned, or are about to deploy on missions with the UK’s allies overseas.

At any time, at least 20% of the troops from Army units in Scotland are actively involved in operational, defence engagement or training with other nations.

Midlothian-based personnel of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, Second Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS) are part of the UN mission in South Sudan.

They are also supporting NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force and is currently deployed to Kenya where it is leading battle group training for 950 personnel.

Scotland’s 51 Brigade have also engaged in exercises with the Emiratis, Kuwaitis and the Qatari Armed Forces.

Sir Michael said: “Scotland is on the frontline defending the United Kingdom from growing threats at sea, in the air, and on land.

“Whether countering Daesh, improving security in Afghanistan, or playing a leading role in peace-keeping missions, Scottish troops deserve our gratitude for the incredible job they do.”

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