Exercise Cambrian Patrol

Exercise Cambrian Patrol

Exercise Cambrian Patrol is an annual patrolling competition that takes place throughout the Cambrian Mountains of mid-Wales. An internationally recognized military exercise, previous participants have included numerous European states, in addition to Commonwealth countries and the United States.

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 over the Cambrian Mountains and which culminated in a shooting match on the Sennybridge training area. Since then, the exercise has been rigorously updated to meet the challenges faced by modern soldiers.

In 2006 the event which ran from 27 October to 5 November 2006, attracted 95 teams from the British Army (regular and territorial) and Royal Air Force. Foreign army teams from Canada, Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, India, France and the Czech Republic also took part. A total of 64 teams completed the exercise.

There is also a cadet competition of the same name for all the ACF and CCF counties and schools at the end of September every year in which Powys has won every year for the last 11 of 31 years that is has been run.

Military Skills

The Exercise is a test of Military skills which include;

* Firing of personal weapons
* Obstacle crossing
* First Aid and Casualty Evacuation (casevac) procedures
* Recognition of aircraft, vehicles and equipment
* Artillery target indication
* Patrol Techniques
* Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Warfare (CBRN)
* Helicopter drills
* Media handling
* Conduct after capture
* Communications skills


quotation|It's arduous, it's physically and mentally demanding,it's viewed internationally as one of the toughest patrolling tests facing the modern soldier, it's the Cambrian Patrol...

Competing Teams

*269 (West Riding) Battery Royal Artillery (V)
*4th (V) Battalion, The Parachute Regiment
*Bristol University Officer Training Corps (UOTC)
*Aberdeen UOTC
*Tayforth UOTC
*Glasgow UOTC
*Wales UOTC
*Birmingham UOTC
*Leeds UOTC
*Oxford University Officer Training Corps
*Cambridge University Officer Training Corps [http://www.army.mod.uk/uotc/cambridge/index.htm]
*Manchester and Salford UOTC
*Southampton UOTC
*254 General Support Medical Regiment (V)
*32 Brigade (Reserve), Canadian Forces

External links

* [http://www2.army.mod.uk/160bde/cambrian_patrol/index.htm Official website]

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