In February 2006 the Regiment was warned off for operations in Iraq on Op TELIC 9. The mission was to patrol the Iraq/Iran border using CVR(T) and Land Rovers with Weapons Mount Installation Kits (known as WMIKs). This task was unprecedented in recent years with the Battle Group operation several hundred kilometres away from the main coalition base in Basrah and spending seven months deployed in the desert. To date the Regiment remains the only unit to have spent such a prolonged period of time deployed in this role – evidence, if any were needed, of the completeness of the conversion to recce.
Recovery completed, the Regiment next got to grips with the conversion to the new army communication system, BOWMAN, vital in the modern day battlespace. This was another huge task.
A Squadron has deployed to Afghanistan as Viking crew – the first time for non Royal Marine or infantry. B Squadron continued this trend of firsts by becoming the first RAC squadron to carry out Public Duties in London.
The Regiment continued to increase its skill sets, boasting snipers, forward air controllers (FACS), assault troops, Javelin crew, as well as still regularly sending instructors to the Gunnery, Signals and Driving and Maintenance Schools.