Charles presents Iraq campaign medals to troops

The Prince of Wales has presented campaign medals to soldiers who have recently returned from Iraq during a visit to Fort George.

The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS), has completed a six-month operational tour of Iraq, based at Al-Asad air base in western Al-Anbar province.

Their 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.

Prince of Wales at Fort George
Charles is Royal Colonel of 3 SCOTS (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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.

Charles, who is Royal Colonel of 3 SCOTS and also known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, presented campaign medals and attended a reception at their base near Inverness in the Highlands on Friday.

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.

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