Soldiers from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS) yesterday paraded through Inverness to mark the end of and safe homecoming from their recent tour of Iraq.

The Battalion has been undertaking a Training and Mentoring role in Iraq, on an operation called Operation Shader, qualifying the Iraqi Security Forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga in military skills, as part of the UK contribution to the international fight against Daesh, or Islamic State.

The soldiers deployed on the six-month tour to Al Assad Airbase, west of Baghdad, in early January and all were back by July.

Now, after having returned from a period of well-earned leave, the Battalion, which is based at Fort George, will be thanking family, friends and the public for their support during the extensive training for the deployment, and the tour itself say the British Army.

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Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

Wonder where they end up once Fort George closes, courtesy of Fallon and his “Better Estate” decision to close over 90 sites.

Cammy hunter
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Cammy hunter

In Inverness barracks obviously!

Bill Kenny
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Bill Kenny

Kinloss, in something better that an eighteenth century relic controlled by Hysterical Scotland.

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

Yes that sounds logical.

I’d prefer Kinloss to revert to the RAF myself but that is unlikely to happen.

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farouk

Whilst based in Osnabruck (Quebeck Bks) The RE Sqn I was in, was based with the KOSB. Wow what an education: 1) You were woken up every-morning by the sound of bag pipes. 2) Outside the junior ranks cook-house, everybody was inspected by a Cpl from the guard before being allowed in to eat. (And the food was crap) 3) Their prisons (Of which there were plenty) were made to double time around camp wearing Nbr 2s (which had a red strip sewn across the body) in bulled boots sporting no laces wearing a 58 pack were the straps had… Read more »

farouk
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farouk

Serial 3, should read as prisoners and not prisons.

David Steeper
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Farouk congrats on not beating the crap out of them one at a time. They’d have deserved it but your better than them. Admittedly by the sound of it that’s not hard.

farouk
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farouk

Oh I don’t know the KOSBs were a bloody hard bunch and I learnt to shut my trap a few years before when based at Chatham. My then unit had a really good rugby team. They noticed that I was a good runner and asked if I would trial for them I said Ok. (Me Karate, Ju-jitsu and in the boxing team presumed I was good enough…Big mistake) got the ball ran down the wing and got lamped. No problem, got up started again, got the ball ran down the wing,,got lamped. Fine, I get up and did it again…got… Read more »

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Julian1

Quality stories! My section commander was KOSB at STAB depot, he was actually English being from the Lakes, they weren’t all Jocks

geoff
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geoff

Hi Farouk-you seem to have a good handle on much of the(from the tone of your posts) light-hearted banter you have encountered in your Army career although I am sure there is some with a harder edge. I have lived in Africa most of my life and was here during the dark days of Apartheid but even in those years there was still amazingly much goodwill among people of all colours and creeds here especially on a personal level. If you ever get a chance look at the documentary about the time the US Marshalls went in ahead of the… Read more »

TimmyOnTour
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TimmyOnTour

Shite. The article is about 3 SCOTS homecoming & your cheeky enough to write this pish. Careful wee man.

Geoff
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Geoff

On subject-Scotland produces some fine soldiers-the face of the lad 2nd left in the photo is priceless

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

First thing I noticed! I was waiting for someone else to mention it first!!!!

geoff
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geoff

🙂

Barry Larking
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Barry Larking

“Ye see yon birkie, ca’d a lord,
Wha struts, an’ stares, an’ a’ that;
Tho’ hundreds worship at his word,
He’s but a coof for a’ that:
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
His ribband, star, an’ a’ that:
The man o’ independent mind
He looks an’ laughs at a’ that. ” – Burns

Thanks for your service.

Barry Larking
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Barry Larking

That’s for farouk!