The Duke of Rothesay presents campaign medals at Fort George, Inverness

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.

The Duke of Rothesay presents campaign medals at Fort George, Inverness

 

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.

The Duke of Rothesay presents campaign medals at Fort George, Inverness

 

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.