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Over 100 Gurkhas are on exercise in Lewis and Harris.


This is the first time the Gurkhas have trained in the islands


They are testing out their driving skills on the “challenging” and single track roads.


The long distances involved allows them to train drivers for supply chain logistics.


On exercise is the 28 Squadron, The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment based in Aldershot.


They are accompanied by their twinned Reserve Unit 151 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps based in Croydon.


A spokeswoman said: “It is a driving exercise 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.”

Approximately 100 personnel and 30 vehicles including Land Rovers, 6 and 15 tonne MAN Support Vehicles and a Mastiff will then travel across from Ullapool to Stornoway.


Islanders will see an increase in army vehicle movement on the roads.


The army said “every effort will be made not to cause any unnecessary issues or delays to members of the public.”


The exercise runs until to 10 March.




Gurkhas on training exercise in the islands

2 March 2017