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October 29, 2014

Indian Army team wins gold medal at a prestigious event in UK

 
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.

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