British Army soldiers from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS) have embarked on their scheduled deployment, as part of Operation Herrick XVIII in Afghanistan.
Scheduled to be deployed throughout March, approximately 350 SCOTS personnel will serve as part of the 1st Mechanized Brigade-commanded Task Force Helmand, to advice and train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in Nad 'Ali, Nahr-e Saraj and Lashkar Gah provinces.
Additional tasks will include assistance to higher authorities during the training of new Afghan police officers at the Lashkar Gah Training Centre (LTC), to help support ANSF's mission to bring security and stability in the country.
2 SCOTS commanding officer lieutenant colonel Robin Lindsay said the provision of assistance and advice to Afghan police, now responsible for security in most of the country, as 'a very valuable and worthwhile task'.
"2 SCOTS will be building on the good work of our predecessors and our focus is now on ensuring that the institutions of the Afghan police are further strengthened through effective training," Lindsay said.
In order to ensure readiness to work with Afghan police over the next six months, 2 SCOTS troops have completed a comprehensive nine-month training programme, involving cultural training and conflict resolution.
Meanwhile, the Royal Navy's 847 Naval Air Squadron has already been deployed to safeguard troop movements in and around Helmand province in Afghanistan.
Deployment of UK units for Operation Herrick represents the country's overall contribution to the Nato-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
Image: Soldiers from 2 SCOTS are deploying as part of Task Force Helmand, Afghanistan. Photo: Crown copyright.