Troops To Aid Security At Games

More than 2,000 military personnel will help provide venue security at this summer's Commonwealth Games, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

More than 2,000 military personnel will help provide venue security at this summer's Commonwealth Games, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

The armed forces will also perform ceremonial roles at the event, including a fly-past by the Red Arrows at the opening ceremony of Glasgow 2014.

Around 900 personnel will be provided by the Army, with 300 each from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

A further 900 will be held in reserve in case they are needed.

Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Carter, the Standing Joint Commander (United Kingdom), said: "The armed forces have always provided support to the civilian authorities at home in the UK whenever it is needed.

"We are ready to assist in whatever contingencies may arise and have done so during the 2012 Olympics and more recently during the floods crisis.

"We are extremely proud to be able to provide support to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as part of a task that reflects the flexibility, capability and adaptability of our armed forces.''

Military personnel will provide specialist capabilities such as explosive ordnance disposal support and air security measures similar to those seen during the London Olympics in 2012.

Their ceremonial roles will include the provision of 72 flag bearers for medal ceremonies.

Hundreds of reservists are among the personnel who will take part in the operations.

The UK Government will fund the military contribution, with no costs incurred by Police Scotland.

It said this is part of its shared commitment to a safe and secure Games.

The support is being provided at the request of Police Scotland and has been approved by the Home Office through the established process of Military Aid to the Civil Power principles.

Throughout the Games, the armed forces will maintain their standing commitments including the mission in Afghanistan and operational tasks worldwide, the MoD said.

The Commonwealth Games run from July 23 to August 3.

Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: "I'm delighted that the UK Government has accepted my calls for the Royal Regiment of Scotland to be used to assist our security effort at the Commonwealth Games. This is an issue I pursued directly with the Home Secretary in January of this year and I'm glad the UK Government have acceded to our request.

"The Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and the Games Organising Committee are contributing to the entire public costs of hosting the Commonwealth Games. This includes the £90 million dedicated to the Games security budget that was increased following lessons learned from London Olympics in 2012.

"Reflecting on the serious security problems in London 2012 where one private firm was enlisted to provide cover for the entire Games , the Scottish Government decided to create a framework from which a range of security and stewarding companies would be awarded contracts according to their capacity and capability. We agreed that a mixed workforce consisting of Police Scotland, military and private industry would be the most appropriate response.

"It is a fitting role for the representatives from the Royal Regiment of Scotland and other military personnel based in Scotland to assist in providing a safe and secure Games of which the people of Glasgow and Scotland will all be proud.

"I will continue to make calls of the UK Government to return the Lottery funding of £114 million that was diverted from Scottish good causes to help fund the London 2012 Games so that we can improve the legacy for Scotland's communities as a result of hosting the Commonwealth Games.''