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Parbate : March 2019

Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.

This is March’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • Gurkha Recruit Intake 19 Reception and Induction
  • Operation CABRIT – Poland
  • The Police Liaison Detachment (PLD) on Operation TORAL 7
  • 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment in Oman
  • Gurkha Memorial Construction Falkland Islands
  • Exercise TIGER GRANADA KHUKURI

The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.

The Brigade Culture and Language Team (BCLT) is currently in Nepal to deliver a ten week long residential Nepali language course.  The Survival Nepali Language Course (SNLC), as it is known, is run in British Gurkhas Pokhara and commenced on 18th February 2019.

The SNLC is in its second week and expected to finish on 25th April 2019 following which they complete a two week long Directed Duty Trek in Nepal. A total of ten new Young Officers across the Brigade of Gurkhas Units are participating on the course.

Colonel Royal Gurkha Rifles, Major General Strickland DSO MBE visited the BCLT during his visit to Nepal on 26th February 2018 and was briefed on its activities. He also took the time to meet the students where he re-emphasised the importance and the relevance of Young Officers learning the Nepali language. 

The delivery of Nepali language and culture to prepare British officers and soldiers to serve with Gurkhas goes to the heart of the Brigade. The SNLC offers a rare opportunity to Young Officers joining the Brigade to learn, first hand, about the people, culture and the rich tradition of the Gurkha soldier in a unique environment. 

 

On 11th March 2019 members of the Brigade of Gurkhas gathered with International Commonwealth dignitaries, representatives of International organisations, Embassies, High Commissions and Service representatives for the Commonwealth Commemoration event at the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill, London.

The history behind the Memorial.

On the 6th November 2002 Her Majesty The Queen officially inaugurated the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill, in London. These Gates have been erected as a lasting memorial to honour the five million men and women from the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Caribbean who volunteered to serve with the Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars. They also celebrate the contribution that these men and women and their descendants, members of the Commonwealth family, continue to make to the rich diversity of British society.

Since Her Majesty opened the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill in 2002, there has been a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Gates to commemorate the actions of all those from the Empire who sought for the British in the two World Wars.

On 10th March Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD VR MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, announced an expansion to the Brigade of Gurkhas which will see it provide an additional Queen’s Gurkha Engineer Squadron, two additional Queen’s Gurkha Signals Squadrons and additional support to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion and the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. 

He also confirmed the reformation of 3rd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles to become the British Army’s fifth Specialised Infantry Battalion (SpIB).

The 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR15) set out the Army’s plans to develop up to five specialised infantry battalions. Specialised Infantry Battalions consist of about 270 personnel, roughly half the size of an ordinary infantry battalion.

They are made up of Non-Commissioned Officers/Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and officers as their role is to train, advise, assist and mentor designated partner nation, something that private soldiers would not be experienced enough to do.

They will operate overseas in specified regions on a long-term basis, to enable the formation of strong relationships and to gain in-depth knowledge of their areas of responsibility including the terrain, culture and language.

The expansion in the Brigade will allow Gurkhas to access more career opportunities, including promotion and increased chances to serve a full 24-year Army career within the Brigade of Gurkhas.  To assist with initial requirements, there will be an increase in Gurkha recruiting from 270 in 2018 to 432 personnel per year for the next few years.

The announcement in full can be found on the gov.uk website 

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster has announced an increased support package for 22,000 Gurkha veterans and their families.

Ministry of Defence Main Building, Horse Guards Avenue.

The veterans, who all joined the Brigade of Gurkhas before 2007, will benefit from a £15 million (2.2bn Nepali Rupees) increase in the Gurkha Pension Scheme. While the increased remuneration will vary depending on an individual’s circumstances, veterans could receive increases of up to 34% extra in their pensions and with the increases being backdated to 1 January 2016 this means Gurkha pensioners will receive a total of £46m (6.7bn Nepali Rupees) extra this financial year.

Alongside the increased pensions, the MOD is also announcing today a new £25 million (3.6bn Nepali Rupees) investment, over the next ten years, for medical support for veterans living in Nepal.

This new investment will be delivered in partnership with the Gurkha Welfare Trust, a charity which provides a range of support to Gurkha veterans in Nepal, including via a series of regional healthcare facilities.

Today’s announcement comes after Mr Lancaster recently visited Nepal, where he met with the President, Rt. Hon. Mrs Bidya Devi Bhandari, to present the annual report of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

The Minister also met with the Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt Hon. Mr K P Sharma Oli, the country’s Foreign and Defence Ministers, and the Chief of the Nepal Army Staff. Both sides emphasised the importance of Gurkhas in the UK-Nepal relationship and discussions covered a range of issues, including the additional support for Gurkha veterans being announced today and UK-Nepal economic and investment collaboration.

The Minister also saw work being done to reduce pollution and improve social conditions in brick kiln manufacture being supported by DFID Nepal.

Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said:

This pension increase for Gurkha veterans, alongside long-term funding for healthcare support in Nepal, will make a difference to the lives of Gurkha veterans and their families.

I have huge respect for the Gurkhas, who have been important to the British military for more than 200 years, and I hope will be for many years to come.

These are significant sums which reflect the outcome of dialogue with Gurkha veterans and the Government of Nepal.

Read more on these documents:

20190306-7CPC_Implementation_Q&A

20190306-Report_for_Implementation_of_7CPC

20190307_RAN_Letter_GPS_VeteransSpt_announcement O DP

20190412_RAN_Letter_GPS_7thCPC Follow up O DP

Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.

This is January/February’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • The Reformation of 247 Gurkha Signal Squadron
  • Operation TORAL 7 The Story So Far
  • A Company’s Year to Remember:AMBOOR in 2018
  • Gurkha Company Sittang Exercise DYANMIC VICTORY
  • Pre-Infantry Battle School Course

The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.

Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.

This is December’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • C (MOGUANG) Company Set Foot In Afghanistan
  • Brigade of Gurkhas 2018 Versatile Engagement (Full) Conditional Board Offers
  • Exercise CAMBRIAN PATROL 2018
  • Field of Remembrance Westminster 2018
  • Training Support (Babaji) Company Formation Parade

The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.

The Brigade Training Team delivered a four weeks comprehensive training programme for the Brigade of Gurkhas Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs)from 12th November – 7th December 2018.

The aim of the training was to deliver quality training based on the most current Brecon Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) to our Junior NCOs attending the Section Commander and Platoon Sergeant Battle Course (SCBC and PSBC). We try and mimic the physical and mental challenges that they will endure during their time on course.

The introductory week consisted of a Military knowledge tests, battle procedure, the orders process, combat estimate, platoon and section battle drills, operating in woods and forests, fighting in the urban environment and various other tactical lessons.

The students also had to complete 8 mile and 2 mile fitness tests. Experienced instructors within BTT shared their in-depth knowledge which were particularly helpful to broaden the understanding of what was expected of our JNCOs.

During the development week we deployed to Cinque Port Training Area to get the students into the exercise environment.  We conducted formative command appointments, individual night navigation and section to platoon level tactics. This provided an excellent opportunity for the NCOs to sharpen their infantry skills at section and platoon level for three days which concluded with a tough loaded march back to camp.

The confirmation week we deployed to Sennybridge Training Area in Brecon and were warmly welcomed (pun intended) by the typical Brecon weather as we occupied our harbour location. This Exercise provided another excellent opportunity to practice various section and platoon skills on exercise.

The Exercise was packaged carefully to assess NCOs in their appointment of Section Second in Command, Platoon Sergeant and Commander to extract and deliver orders and execute multiple task in the ground.

The Platoon carried out recce patrol, fighting patrol, ambush and deliberate attacks incorporating OIWAF, night navigation and 3 miler assessments.

The LFTT and SAA week was the final week of the course and this included range template construction, target triangulation for the PSBC NCOs and SAA demonstration lesson and teaching practice for the SCBC NCOs. The training included the 2 and 5 mile assessments.

 

Junior commanders must be armed with the professional knowledge, battlefield discipline and the ability to know how to apply the principles of battle procedures. This training package prepared individuals across the Brigade with various experiences to exercise their basic skills in preparation to the IBS. We are grateful to the BTT instructors for delivering the training and looking forward to starting the upcoming course fully prepared to succeed.

 

 

 

 

 

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