One of the teams from Indian Army’s Gorkha Rifles has successfully secured a gold medal in the Exercise Cambrian Patrol organized by the British Army. The gold medal was won by an eight-member team of the 2nd Battalion of 8 Gorkha Rifles.
The annual international military patrolling Exercise Cambrian Patrol is considered as one of the most difficult exercises in the world. This event was held at the rugged Cambrian Mountains of Wales. After the event, the British Army tweeted a video, which featured the ceremony where Indian soldiers were rewarded with the gold medals.
The British Army in Wales congratulated the Indian soldiers stating that the regiment was “consistently superb”. The tweet says: “Congratulations to 2nd Btn 8 Gorkha Rifles on their gold medal at #CambrianPatrol. Consistently superb.”
Defence CPRO from Kolkata Wg, CDR S S Birdi said, “This is a proud moment for the country and the Indian Army. On Thursday, the 2/8 Gorkha Rifles team bagged the gold medal. Of the 121 teams, 40 were international ones from Latvia, Mexico, Nepal, Canada, Italy, Georgia, Germany, Pakistan, Australia, Czech Republic, New Zealand, India, Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Chile, Kosovo, Brazil, and Switzerland. The teams converge on the harsh mountains of Wales and are put through a challenging set of tactical problems over 72 hours. The Indian Army has been competing in this competition since the mid 2000s and secured gold in 2011 and 2014 and silver in 2015.”
The training program consists of a 55 km course that spread across the Cambrian Mountains. This program is considered as both a task-oriented exercise and a mission. The participating soldiers must complete all the tasks within 48 hours. Furthermore, the team of soldiers should also carry their equipments and personal kit during the program.
An official told the media that, “The exercise began in 1959 when a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers designed a weekend training event, featuring long distance marching over the Cambrian Mountains, culminating in a shooting match on the Sennybridge training area. This year’s exercise commenced on October 14 and will end on Sunday. Each phase was split between two patrol bases at separate locations in Mid Wales. The exercise is split into eight phases with soldiers marching a mind-and-muscle sapping 55km carrying full personal kit and equipment, weighing in at some 60lbs, on the two-day patrolling mission.”
Exercise Cambrian Patrol is a world-class training event, which is both mentally and physically demanding. Winning a gold medal in such an event is truly an honor for the Indian Army.