Indian Army’s Gurkha regiment won Cambrian Military patrol course
The Cambrian Military patrol is a 50 mile course designed to test the toughest regiments from across the world. The aim of the exercise is to test leadership, self-discipline, courage, physical endurance and determination. A lot of teams fail to even complete the course.
Our boys have done it again. Congratulations for the gold, and for staying the best in the world.
An Indian Army team has won the gold medal in the prestigious Cambrian Patrol held in the UK beating more than 140 participants.
Exercise Cambrian Patrol is an annual international military patrolling event that makes its participating units cover a 80km course in less than 48 hours while performing numerous types of military exercises placed throughout the rugged Cambrian Mountains and swamp lands of mid-Wales in UK.
Indian Army team of 8 Garwhal Rifles won Gold Medal in the competition held from October 17-26.
Cambrian Patrol was first set up more than 40 years ago, by a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers who designed the training event to feature long-distance marching across the Cambrian Mountains culminating in firing.
The aim of the exercise is to test leadership, self-discipline, courage, physical endurance and determination.
The competition consists of teams of eight men patrolling across some of the most unforgiving terrain. The tests are over two days with no sleep or rest. Some tests which are undergone are – firing of personal weapons, hurdle-crossing, first aid and casualty evacuation, recognition of aircraft vehicles and equipment, artillery target indication, patrol techniques, handling prisoners of war, tactical river/stream crossing, ambush/anti ambush drills among others.
Many of the teams that enter do not finish, those that do earn one of four distinctions – gold medal, silver medal, bronze medal or passing, a statement by the Army said.
In the past, the Indian Army team of 4/9 Gorkha Rifles had won the gold medal in 2010.
A team from the Indian Army’s Gorkha Rifles has won a gold medal at one of the most gruelling exercises in the world. Team 2/8 Gorkha was awarded a gold medal in Exercise Cambrian Patrol organized by the British Army.
The British Army in Wales has tweeted a video of the ceremony where the Indian soldiers were awarded the medals. The medal went to the eight men of the 2nd Battalion of 8 Gorkha Rifles.
“Congratulations to 2nd Btn 8 Gorkha Rifles on their gold medal at CambrianPatrol. Consistently superb,” tweeted the British Army in Wales. The 2/8 Gorkhas then presented a memento, a traditional khukri, to the Brits. The khukri is the central element in the regimental insignia of the Gorkha Rifles.
The Cambrian Patrol is an annual international military patrolling exercise in the rugged Cambrian Mountains of Wales. It is regarded as one of the toughest tests modern soldiers can face.
The exercise consists of a 55-km course that snakes across the Cambrian Mountains. It is a mission and task-oriented exercise, which means the participating team must complete tasks given to them. All this must be done within 48 hours. And the patrol must carry its full personal kit an equipment.
The teams are given points based on the tasks their performances in several military tasks. Any missing equipment in their kits will be replaced by dead weight and the team will lose points. They are assessed on military skills, completion of orders and debrief.
Other factors that may be assessed include dismounted close combat skills; obstacle crossing drills; first aid procedures; recognition of aircraft; vehicles and equipment; IED and minefield clearance drills; patrol techniques, prisoner of war (PoW) handling; helicopter drills; media handling; radio communications skills and artillery target indication procedures among others.
The Cambrian Patrol is not a competition. Gold (75 percent), silver (65-74 percent) and bronze (55-64 percent) medals are awarded based on the number of points earned on completion of the gruelling course. Certificates are awarded to teams that finish with lower than 55 percent of the points.
.The medal went to the eight men of the 2nd Battalion of 8 Gorkha Rifles.
.The exercise, Exercise Cambrian Patrol, is regarded as one of the toughest modern tests for soldiers
.The exercise consists of a 55-km course that snakes across the Cambrian Mountains