Gates Visits Scotland

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' plane leaves a shadow as it arrives at the Edinburgh International Airport Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007.  Gates is in Scotland to attend a NATO informal defense ministerial in which he and defense ministers from other NATO countries with troops in southern Afghanistan will meet for two days in Edinburgh to discuss the way ahead in Afghanistan.  Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, arrives at  Edinburgh International Airport Scotland and shakes hands with Royal Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ollie Almond, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, third from left, meets with Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon, right, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  •  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks with staff members between meetings in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, meets with Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates tours the national museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates looks at an exhibit of Dolly, the first cloned mammal, in the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • A member of the museum staff at the Royal Museum of Scotland explains the history behind a brooch and the power it symbolizes to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Des Browne, the United Kingdom's defense minister, shows U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates an antique automobile exhibit during a tour of the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Lights illuminate Edinburgh Castle as dusk settles over Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, left, speaks with the United Kingdom's Defense Minister Des Browne during a tour of the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Dr. Gordon Rintoul, right, museum director, gives Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and U.K. Defense Minister Des Browne, a tour of the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • A cast of the tomb of Mary, queen of Scots, is on display as Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates receives a tour of the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Dr. Gordon Rintoul, right, museum director, shows U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and U.K. Defense Minister Des Browne, left, an overview of the town of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle during a tour of the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 13, 2007.   Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, center, shares a laugh with U.K. Defense Minister Des Browne, left, and Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon prior to the start of a Regional Command-South conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 14, 2007.  Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Defense ministers and foreign ministers from countries participating in the NATO led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan participate in a Regional Command-South conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 14, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Defense ministers and foreign ministers from countries participating in the Regional Command-South conference pose for a "family photo" on the steps of Craige Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 14, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks to, from left, AFPS writer Jim Garamone,  AFP writer Jim Mannion, and Reuters writer Andrew Gray after participating in the Regional Command-South conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 14, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks to members of the traveling press after participating in the Regional Command-South conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 14, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Members of the traveling press take notes as  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks to them after participating in the Regional Command-South conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 14, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • R. Nicholas Burns, U.S. State Department under secretary for political affairs, speaks to members of the traveling press about the Regional Command-South conference during a joint press availability with  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 14, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks to members of the traveling press after participating in the Regional Command-South conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 14, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby