The Duke of Rothesay, as The Prince of Wales is known when in Scotland, presented campaign medals to soldiers who have recently returned from Iraq during a visit to Fort George today.
The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS), have completed a six-month operational tour of Iraq, based at Al-Asad Air Base in western Al-Anbar province.
His Royal Highness, who is Royal Colonel of 3 SCOTS, presented campaign medals and attended a reception at their base near Inverness.
3 SCOTS’ two key responsibilities were to provide the main security force for the near 4,000-strong coalition camp and to provide training and mentoring for Iraqi security forces, preparing them to lead security operations against Islamic State.
The training company taught their Iraqi partners in a range of areas, from security procedures, basic infantry tactics, life-saving first aid and communications to advanced weapon skills and basic improvised explosive device awareness.
During their tour, 3 SCOTS worked alongside other nations, gaining experience manning security positions and honing their skills as a quick reaction force.
The soldiers also used their tour to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund, hosted a successful Highland Games and took part in various runs and activities hosted by other nations.