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Princess Anne visits troops in Afghanistan

Princess Anne is given a tour of the Military Working Dogs Section
Image caption Anne is commander-in-chief of the Military Working Dogs Squadron

The Princess Royal has visited Afghanistan to see the work of British troops.

Princess Anne, who was accompanied by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, flew into Camp Bastion to be shown around by a number of units.

She had a tour of Camp Tombstone where the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 Scots) are based.

The battalion left Scotland in September to complete a six-month tour.

They have been working with members of the Afghan National Army in Camp Shorabak, which is the Afghan base attached to Bastion, in an advisory and training role.

Maj Andy Watson, 33, from Edinburgh, said the visit was "a nice surprise".

"We were showing off a series of photographs to demonstrate what we've done and our approach to our mission over the past three months, and also some equipment," he said.

"For many of the Jocks it's the first time they've met Her Royal Highness, so for morale it's fantastic - especially this close to Christmas."

The princess also visited the Joint Aviation Group, including the Apache department, the Military Working Dogs Squadron, the 7th Regiment of the Royal Logistics Corps and 12 Logistic Support Regiment.

Dog handler Cpl Adrian Dickson, who serves with the RAF Police, works with four-year-old Broudreaux searching for improvised explosive devices.

He said: "It's a big boost in morale. It means we're not forgotten about. A lot of the guys that are based in the unit are out in forward locations a lot of the time.

"We come back in every four to six weeks for two to three days at a time, so to get something as high profile as this is brilliant."

Princess Anne is the colonel-in-chief of 1 Scots, the Military Working Dogs Squadron and the Royal Logistics Corps.

She also visited the Royal Corps of Signals and the Role Three Hospital, a field hospital at Camp Bastion.