british troops serving in Afghanistan were visited by Borders MP and Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, earlier this month.
“Scottish servicemen and women are brave, committed and deserve the nation’s support and are making a huge contribution to the situation in Afghanistan,” said Mr Moore after an official visit to troops in Helmand province, which followed an extensive programme of visits to Scotland’s military bases and numerous meetings with the Defence Secretary and other colleagues on defence matters over recent weeks.
During his vist to Helmand Mr Moore met armed forces personnel from Scotland and across the UK to discuss the challenges they face, and was briefed by senior military and civilian personnel on the strategy for Helmand and the work of the armed forces and civilian personnel.
He spent time in Camp Bastion and Lashkar Gah where he met senior commanders and Scottish troops from 2 SCOTS (Royal Highland Fusiliers) and 5 SCOTS (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) as well as RAF personnel and medical staff.
Michael Moore said: “As I disembarked the plane at Camp Bastion I was pleased to be greeted by a senior RAF officer who hails from the Borders and I was able to spend time with some of our own local troops from the 1 SCOTS regiment during my visit.
“It was humbling to meet the men and women of our armed forces as they carry out an important and dangerous task in a very challenging environment. I met a wide range of Scots serving in Afghanistan and each of them showed a level of focus and professionalism which should make Scotland proud.
“They are among the bravest and most committed people you could meet and it was a privilege to spend some time with them. It is difficult for them being so far away from home and family but the way they go about their jobs is an example to us all.”
Troops from 1 SCOTS have served several tours of duty in Afghanistan since 2009 and last year returned from a second six month tour during which they lost three men and saw another dozen injured.