London: A team from 4/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) -- which represented the Indian Army at the prestigious Cambrian Patrol Exercise at Brecon, Wales, UK from October 13-15 -- has been awarded the gold medal.
Exercise Cambrian Patrol, which is organised by the British Army, is considered the ultimate test of human endurance, team spirit and is sometimes referred to as the Olympics of Military Patrolling among militaries in the world, a statement from the Defence Ministry said.
The Indian Army team participated in the event and competed against a total of 96 teams which included 17 international teams representing Special Forces and prestigious Regiments from around the world.
During the exercise, participating teams from armies around the world were assessed for their performance under harsh terrain and inclement cold weather conditions which presented various challenges in addition to the complex real-world situations painted to them so as to assess their reactions in combat settings, the Defence Ministry statement said.
The Indian Army team received rich accolades from all the judges particularly for their excellent navigation skills, delivery of patrol orders and overall physical endurance.
General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, the Chief of General Staff of the British Army presented the gold medal to the team members in a formal ceremony on October 15, 2021.
This year, out of 96 participating teams, only three international patrols have been awarded a gold medal till phase 6th of this exercise.