1st Battalion, The Royal Scots Borderers or 1 SCOTS 2018 L85


– Scottish soldiers training in Oman

As part of the Scottish based 51st Infantry Brigade’s International Defence Engagement Strategy – B Company, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS) are training with the Royal Army of Oman’s Parachute Battalion.

The Exercise is part of the UK’s International Defence Engagement – the means by which the UK uses its defence assets and activities short of combat operations to achieve influence.

Officer Commanding B Company, Major John Dunn explains: “The Exercise has allowed 2 SCOTS and the Omani’s parachute battalion to train together in the Jebel Al Akhdar region of the country.

“It also assists in forging a closer relationship between the two units.

“The Exercise, which runs until 28 April, is going very well and is an excellent opportunity for 2 SCOTS to improve its war fighting skills following our successful deployment to Afghanistan on Operation Toral.”

51st Infantry Brigade, based in Scotland, has International Defence Engagement responsibility for the Middle East.



The National Security Strategy 2010 (NSS) states that the UK must use all its national capabilities to build its prosperity; extend its influence in the world; and strengthen its security.

The UK has unique defence assets that already play an essential role in contributing, both directly and indirectly, to its security and prosperity.

The Defence contribution to UK influence is one of the seven military tasks as defined by the Defence and Security Review 2010.

For further information contact Army Press Officer, Bill Jamieson, on +44 (0) 7900 607919.

17th April 2016

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