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Nepal Army bags Gold in Cambrian Patrol 2019

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A Nepal Army team has bagged the gold medal in the “Exercise Cambrian Patrol 2019” held in Brecon, Wales, United Kingdom recently. Altogether 140 teams – 106 teams from the British Army and rest others from 34 countries’ armies’ team participated in the event.

The 10-member team led by Major Ashimdev Gurung representing Shree Bisesh Fauj Brigade, Shree Pashupatiprasad Company and Gauribaks Company participated in the event. The event was kicked-off in Wales from October 11 and will go upto October 20. Nepal has been participating in this annual event since 2014.

According to the British military website, Cambrian Patrol is arduous and concentrates on leadership, teamwork, physical fitness and achieving the mission. “It is conducted for the benefit of units and there is no final order of merit. The exercise is designed to be within the capability of any well-led and well-trained patrol from any Arm or Service,” it said.

The exercise involves passing through nearly 50 kilometers distance in difficult terrain in two days where a participant carries logistics and equipment weighing about 50 pounds. The participating teams must cross the specified locations including rivers based on the preparation of war, maps, and compass and also manage injured persons and identify and take precaution of explosives planted in their path.

Started some 50 years ago, the exercise is held every year in Wales and is delivered by HQ 160 Infantry Brigade on behalf of CLF. The aim of this exercise is to provide a challenging patrol exercise in order to enhance operational capability.

Nepali Army has said that these kinds of military exercises have helped to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Nepal and the United Kingdom. The NA has also thanked the British Army for inviting them for participation and Brigade of Gurkhas for their support in preparing for the exercise.