Around 120 members of 28 Squadron, The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistics Regiment, were based at Arnish this week as part of Exercise Kukhuri Thistle. 

The exercise - part of a three-week sequence - is intended to hone driving skills, and test the reliability of the vehicles along with the maintenance skills of the team.

They started from Aldershot in southern England, spent a week at the Warcop Training Area in Cumbria where they practised live fire and tactical training.

Then they drove in convoy overnight from Warcop to Ullapool to get the ferry – and the squadron had to plan this all down to the last detail.

The exercise continues until today (Friday March 2) when the Squadron will start to move on to the next stage of the exercise.

The aim is to practise sustaining themselves in a remote location, supporting themselves with maintenance and other facilities, while also confronting scenarios which are devised to test the organisation and skills of the squadron, using five or six different types of vehicles.

Wednesday saw A Troop continue their driver training on the more challenging loops of the Isle of Harris. “With the strong wind and ever changing weather conditions, today's driving was no easy task,” they said.

A lot of the Gurkhas have little road driving experience, particularly in this country, although they have a lot of experience in battlefield driving as part of their training.

A local media team visited the Squadron location, interviewing the Officer Commanding, Major Olly Nyman and the 2IC, Capt Prakash Saheb. “Topped off with a Squadron photo in gale force winds, the day couldn't have gone any better,” they said.

Tuesday evening saw members of C Troop visit the TA reserve centre in Church Street where they met a number of local cadets and delivered a Short Term Training Team exercise. Under the direction of Sergeant Fiakegbe and Corporal Tompkins, the team delivered informative sessions detailing weapons systems and life in the British Army. “It was an excellent end to a good day of training,” they said. There was also an event for local veterans on Thursday afternoon at Arnish.