SOLDIERS from Gibraltar have received a special visitor during a training exercise in Morocco.

The troops were joined by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, who spent two days with the Royal Gibraltar Regiment at their temporary base in Marrakesh.

Picardo witnessed a drill simulating a dawn raid and was briefed on sniper training, before delivering a speech to the regiment about the importance of their role.

The exercise is designed to replicate conditions troops can expect to experience while on active service as part of the British Army, in Afghanistan.

“It has been a huge privilege to have been allowed to see the men and women of the regiment in the training camp in Marrakesh and witness the work they do whilst on exercise,” Picardo said.

“I was able to see at first hand the hardships that soldiers experience on these exercises – conditions which I am told are remarkably similar to the terrain in current operational theatres.”

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