The last decade forThe Vikings has been all about demanding operational tours overseas. The Battalion has seen service in Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2005 and then again to Afghanistan in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2015. This high tempo of operational commitments has shaped the Battalion into one of the premiere Light Role infantry battalions in the British Army. Over that period its officers and soldiers have earned many awards for bravery including 10 Military Crosses, 2 DSOs, 3 MBEs and 1 QGM.
If you want a closer look into some of the tours the Battalion has been involved in take a look at the first ‘Ross Kemp in Afghanistan’. You’ll see how The Vikings trained for and operated in the infamous Sangin Valley in 2007 where they clashed with the Taliban on a daily basis. You can also watch ‘Our War’, again covering the Vikings deployment on Operation Herrick in 2007.
Before Afghanistan and Iraq, the Battalion served in Bosnia, Croatia, Northern Ireland and Belize. In order to remain ready for operations, The Vikings have trained in Africa, Canada, The USA, Oman and throughout the UK.