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Training the Kenyan Defence Force

kenya_sttt_014A short term training team (STTT) from 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) has delivered pre-deployment training (PDT) in October 2017 to the soldiers who will deploy on African Union Mission Somalia VII.

The training was aimed at preparing the Kenyan Defence Force on AMISOM VII for their deployment to Somalia and the fight against insurgency, primarily Al-Shabbab.

Captain Subas Gurung (Officer Commanding ATk 2 RGR and OC STTT) had 30 instructors under his command

  • 2 RGR x11
  • 1SCOTS x6
  • Royal Danish Army x6
  • Royal Engineer x1
  • UK CMT x1
  • Kenyan Army x3
  • The Royal Anglian Regiment from the British Army Training Unit Kenya x2

 

kenya_sttt_006AMISOM VII comprises approximately 400 Kenyan Army personnel from 1 Kenyan Rifles (KR), 7 KR and 21 KR. The STTT has provided training on offensive and defensive Operations in both rural and urban environment and also focused on forward operating  base security and routine. The training also involved Counter improvised explosive devices,  counter insurgency and medical training for emergencies.

Five of the original eleven 2 RGR instructors are still in Kenya delivering another training mission to the Kenyan Defence Force; tracking, information and exploitation.

The STTT is supported by the British Peace Support Team Eastern Africa.

 

 

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The Nepal Army Cambrian Patrol team 2017 official visit to the Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas on 23rd October 2017.

On arrival to Robertson House, they were welcomed by Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel Robinson with traditional Khadas.

They were also congratulated for their success in securing gold medals in Cambrian Patrol, only 8 other teams from around the world were awarded gold medals for the 2017 patrol.  Exercise Cambrian Patrol is a continuous 36-hour, long-range patrol exercise which is run annually within the Cambrian Mountains of Mid-Wales and is believed to be the hardest of this type of event in the world.

The Nepal Army Team trained for 2 weeks with the 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles team at Shorncliffe who also went on to achieve Gold. The story of our other Brigade of Gurkha successes on this years event can be found on this page. 

Following a brief orientation of the Headquarters building and introduction to the Headquarters staff by Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officer, Captain Dillikumar Rai, they were briefed by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Major Narendra Kumar Gurung on the Brigade and its role within the British Army. We look forward to hopefully seeing another team from the Nepal Army in 2018 for the next Cambrian Patrol.

 

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A group of seventeen Dutch Military members of the Hindu faith lead by Acharya Krishan Kant Attri MBE, the Hindu Chaplain HM Forces UK paid a visit to the Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas on 10th October 2017.

Last year a few of Brigade of Gurkhas Punditjis were part of the HINDU faith group from UK that went to visit the Netherlands. 

Amongst the group was the Director/Independent Chairman of the Chaplaincy Services Ministry of Defence Netherlands. 

Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel Robinson and Deputy Chief of Staff, Major Narendra Gurung welcomed the group with khadas as per our Gurkha tradition. The majority of Brigade of Gurkhas Punditjis were also present.

As part of their visit the Dutch military members visited the Mandir in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and also had the opportunity to visit the Indian Memorial Room at the Old College where they were briefed by the Deputy Curator Mr Sebastian Puncher.

The group were later briefed by Major Narendra Gurung (Deputy Chief of Staff) on various past and present aspects of the Brigade of Gurkhas and the importance of available pastoral care within the Brigade of Gurkhas.

fb_img_1508704824368This years Exercise Cambrian Patrol has just taken place. The exercise is unique, world class and the largest of its kind with some foreign entrants having to claim the right to take part in the UK by winning through their own domestic competition. Teams from the Brigade of Gurkhas have once again done extremely well.

 

 

  • 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles – Gold
  • 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles – Gold
  • Queen’s Gurkha Engineers – Gold
  • Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment – Silver
  • Gurkha Company Sittang – Silver
  • ARRC Support Battalion – Silver
  • 2 Signal Regiment (Composite team from the Royal Signals and members of the Brigade of Gurkhas) – Silver

nepal_army_cambrianAnd a very special congratulations to the Nepalese Army Team who also secured gold. Members of 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles spent 2 weeks prior to event training with this team and it clearly paid off for both parties. 

This year’s event saw 139 patrols entered into the mix, including five overseas armies with soldiers from Armenia, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and Moldova having their first crack at completing the patrol and aiming to navigate their way through the arduous terrain of Mid Wales.

Teams of eight

fb_img_1508704834991Exercise Cambrian Patrol itself began in 1959, when a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers designed a weekend training event, featuring long distance marching over the Cambrian Mountains, culminating in a shooting match on the Sennybridge Training Area.

On arriving at the Patrol Base teams, made up of eight soldiers, will be subjected to a thorough check to ensure that they are in possession of the correct kit, equipment and clothing required for the exercise.

Patrol commanders will then be given a set of orders based on a specific scenario involving enemy forces for onward briefing to members of their patrol. They must battle prep and map out a designated route, along which they must navigate through, day and night, and deal with a set of stands: these include casualty evacuation scenarios, dealing with mock improvised explosive device finds, intelligence gathering, seeking protective measures against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, a water crossing, close-target reconnaissance and others.
The two-day patrolling mission is a mind-and-muscle sapping 60km, carrying full personal kit and equipment weighing in at some 50lbs. At the completion of the exercise each patrol faces a comprehensive debriefing session.

Depending on how they have dealt with all those challenges they are awarded points, for which they will either gain the top gold medal, a silver, bronze or certificate finish. A patrol can complete with five soldiers, taking into account any injuries or other issues which depletes the team, but they can only be awarded a certificate in that instance.

On average, only five per cent of patrols gain the top award while about a third fail to finish, indicating just how arduous Exercise Cambrian Patrol is. Patrols find out how they have done at the presentation ceremonies, which take place daily at the Sennybridge Training Area camp.

The exercise is mentally and physically demanding and tests all the basic military skills of a modern-day soldier, enhancing leadership ability and levels of endurance and determination.

Exercise Cambrian Patrol is an annual event organised and run by 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales.

It is a world-class event that is both physically and mentally demanding and is a highlight in the British Army’s training calendar.

fb_img_1508704839641It is a continuous 36-hour, long-range patrol exercise which is run annually within the Cambrian Mountains of Mid-Wales. It is open to all three services with regular, UOTC, Reserve and international patrols and is considered one of the most arduous and prestigious military events, testing candidates’ leadership, field craft, discipline and both mental and physical robustness.

Internationally, it is regarded as one of the toughest tests the modern-day soldier can face and some foreign entrants have to claim the right to take part by winning through their own domestic competition.  There are teams from  Nepal, Latvia, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Georgia, Germany, Pakistan, Australia, Czech Republic, New Zealand, India, Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Chile, Kosovo, Brazil, Switzerland.

Find out more about the event with this video from the British Army.

 

 

A team of Gurkhas from Gurkha Wing Mandalay based in Brecon visited Mount Street Junior School of Brecon on Wednesday 18th October where the pupils got a chance to interact with the serving Gurkha soldiers and ask their burning questions.

Rifleman Sujan Gurung and Rifleman Ayush BK also performed a Khukri dance, a combination of Khukri pattern and drills which undoubtedly left all the pupil mesmerized and amazed.

It was good opportunity for the young generation to learn more about the Gurkhas and their history and background.

The British Army is involved with training other Army personnel and defence forces around the world. The Brigade of Gurkhas is no exception to this type of work as this video from BFBS Radio can show you.

Here we see Lieutenant Tobi Eddings and his team from 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles conducting an ‘Urban Operation’ training for Royal Brunei Land Forces, 1st Battalion soldiers at Penanjong Camp in Brunei.

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