3 Indian Army Team Wins Gold Medal In Cambrian Patrol Competition Hosted In UK
Indian Army team of 8 GARHWAL wins Gold Medal in the prestigious Cambrian Patrol held at United Kingdom from 17 – 26 Oct 2014.
Out of more than 140 participating teams from all over the world the Indian Army’s team won the Gold Medal in the prestigious Exercise Cambrian Patrol 2014.
Exercise Cambrian Patrol is an annual international military patrolling exercise that makes its participating units cover a 50-mile (80 km) course in less than 48 hrs while performing numerous types of military exercises placed throughout the rugged Cambrian Mountains and swamp lands of mid-Wales, UK.
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 over 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, Obstacle crossing, First Aid and Casualty Evacuation, Recognition of aircraft vehicles and equipment, Artillery target indication, Patrol Techniques, Helicopter drills, Communications skills, Handling prisoners of war, Tactical River/Stream crossing, Ambush/Anti Ambush Drills, Recce Techniques, Tunnel Crossing, Navigation Skills and Rock climbing.
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. In the past Indian Army team of 4/9 GORKHA RIFLES won the Gold Medal in 2010.