2 SCOTS Return from Iraq, South Sudan
Royal Highland Fusiliers Mark Homecoming from Ops SHADER, TRENTON and TOSCA
The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS) paraded through Penicuik, Scotland, after their tour in Iraq, South Sudan and Cyprus, according to the MOD on 4 October.
Based at Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik, the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), paraded through Penicuik on Thursday to mark their homecoming from six-month operational tours of Iraq, South Sudan and Cyprus. The parade was accompanied by Cruachan IV, the mascot for the Regiment, the Pipes and Drums of the 2nd Battalion and the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Iraq: Op SHADER
In Iraq 2 SCOTS, bolstered with attached personnel from engineer and medical units, were based in four locations (Erbil and Menila in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Taji and Besmaya, both on the outskirts of Baghdad) and provided training and mentoring for Kurdish Security Forces (including Peshmerga and Police units) preparing them to lead security operations in defeat of Da’esh (ISIS). During their six-month tour in Iraq, 2 SCOTS worked alongside a vast range of European forces as well as the US Army, living in close proximity with them.
South Sudan: Op TRENTON
2 SCOTS had a completely different role in South Sudan where they provided security to a British Army Engineer Battlegroup assisting the UNMISS..
Cyprus: Op TOSCA
In Cyprus, soldiers from 2 SCOTS joined UN troops patrolling the green line, protecting Greek Cyprus from the sector captured by the Turks. Operation TOSCA is the codename for the British contribution to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
Thursday’s parade is part of a series of Homecoming parades, with the Battalion parading though towns and cities in the 2 SCOTS traditional recruiting area – Penicuik, Ayr and the City of Glasgow.
Source: MOD, 4 October 2018.
Image: 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), parading in Penicuik following operational tours of Iraq, South Sudan and Cyprus (Crown Copyright, 2018).