A squadron of Gurkhas has landed in the Western Isles for an army exercise.
The soldiers are testing out their driving skills on the “challenging” and single
track roads across Lewis and Harris.
For the next few days the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment is involved in manoeuvres
replicating delivering humanitarian aid supplies to remote communities.
The army said the hilly, narrow, twisting roads in the island proves valuable training
for the squadron compared to the wide, straight motorways they are more used to near
their Aldershot base.
Testing out their driving skills on island single track roads is “challenging and
demanding” said a British Army spokesperson.
Some of the squadron are members of the Gurkha regimental pipe band including Lance
Corporal Lokraj who piped the troops and military trucks on and off the ferry on
Camp has been set up outside Stornoway and this week they will be involved in driving
exercises “focused on maximising time behind the wheel allowing the soldiers to develop
and practice their skills in challenging and unfamiliar terrain which is key to shaping
the ongoing force development of the unit,” said a spokesperson.
She added: “You will see an increase in army vehicle movement on the roads but every
effort will be made not to cause any unnecessary issues or delays to members of the
The squadron has a strong operational pedigree, having seen service in Balkans, both
Gulf wars, and Afghanistan.
More recently they have served in Sierra Leone as part of the response to the Ebola