Four soldiers from 32 Engineer Regiment have received operational medals for their role on Operation Catan in Somalia.

The operation saw the Regiment train troops from the UN and the African Union Mission, known as Amisom, over a six-and-a-half-month tour.

It was the first time anyone from 32 Engineer Regiment had been deployed to the country.

One recipient, Sergeant Nicholas Shinner, who described the tour as his “most interesting” deployment, said: “I was involved with Force Protection, upgrade of infrastructure around Mogadishu and I actually got to see these things get designed and installed during my time there.

Staff Sergeant Lee Barrett, who also received the award, said: “On the ground itself, (there is) a lot of interesting work out there.

“A lot of very low-level combat engineering work that needed being done for the UN, something the UN weren’t ready to do themselves and they used to rely on us.

“Working with Amison as well was both challenging and very, very rewarding.

“You could take guys who had zero combat engineer knowledge and within a very short period of time, we could bring them up to a very acceptable level.

2018 has been a busy year for the Catterick-based Regiment.

Next year, 32 soldiers from the Regiment are set to be deployed to Kenya, Belize and South Sudan.

Source:Forces.net