Operation Toral medal parade for Royal Regiment of Scotland

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Photo credit: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

Some 300 members of 2 SCOTS deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation TORAL.

Colonel of the Regiment, Major General (Maj Gen) Nick Borton DSO MBE awarded medals to officers and soldiers of 2 SCOTS who returned from operational deployment of Op TORAL (Afghanistan) early 2021.

The parade took place at Glencorse Barracks yesterday (23 September 2021). Also in attendance was the Lord Lt of Midlothian, Lt Col Richard Calander LVO OBE TD, Maj Gen (Ret’d) Euan Loudon CBE and Comd Edinburgh Garrison, Lt Col Hugo Clark MBE. Cpl Cruachan IV, the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Pipes and Drums of 2 SCOTS who led the parade.

The 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), is an Army Light Mechanised Infantry Battalion based at Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik.

2 SCOTS is currently commanded by Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Oli Dobson and their role is to provide infantry support to 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East, the UK’s Adaptable Force Brigade.

In mid-April 2020 soldiers from 2 SCOTS deployed to provide military assistance with COVID-19 testing an established Regional Testing Centre at Glasgow Airport. Other elements were deployed, following a training package, to Mobile Testing Units in various parts of Scotland to assist local councils with public testing – including the Isle of Arran, Dumfries and Galloway.

Swiftly following this, in Autumn 2020, some 300 members of 2 SCOTS deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation TORAL.

Working as part of the NATO Coalition they formed the Kabul Security Force which provided Advisor Force Protection and a Quick Reaction Force for coalition forces in Kabul. 2 SCOTS had to significantly adapt their pre-deployment training due to the pandemic, testing their agility as a professional and disciplined Infantry Battalion

Photos: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

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