Eight Garhwal Rifles clinch gold in Cambrian patrol in UK

 Known for guarding treacherous terrains and the difficult Kargil heights in Ladakh region, Indian Army's 8 Garhwal Rifles has won gold medal in international military patrolling exercise in the Cambrian mountain in UK.

PTI| Updated: Nov 07, 2014, 21:13 PM IST

Jammu: Known for guarding treacherous terrains and the difficult Kargil heights in Ladakh region, Indian Army's 8 Garhwal Rifles has won gold medal in international military patrolling exercise in the Cambrian mountain in UK.

"The Indian Army's team of 8 Garhwal Rifles deployed in Kargil (J&K) won Gold Medal in the event conducted in the Cambrian mountain of Wales in UK", PRO Defence, Northern Command, Col S D Goswami said.

"It is an annual international military patrolling exercise. A total of 119 teams participated in the competition", he added.

The participants are tested for 30 aspects during the patrol including firing of personal weapons, obstacle crossing, administering 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, reconnaissance techniques, tunnel-crossing, navigation skills and rock climbing.

The team comprises of eight members, each soldier carries 30 kg load on the back in one of the toughest patrolling exercise, PRO said.

"This is the second time an Indian Army team has won the event, earlier 4/9 Gorkha Rifles won the gold medal in 2010", Goswami said.