martedì 30 aprile 2013

EXERCISE CAMBRIAN PATROL 2013 - 11/20 october 2013 - Wales - United Kingdom



A.    Link to Cambrian Patrol 160X page.
B.    3725-1 – CP12 Unit PXR dated 31 Oct 12 .


1.         Cambrian Patrol is the premier patrolling event of the British Army.  It is held in Wales and is organised by HQ 160 (Wales) Bde on behalf of Sp Comd, in accordance with HQ Army, CLF’s directive.  Cambrian Patrol is an exercise and not a competition. It is challenging and concentrates on leadership, teamwork, physical fitness and achieving a mission.  The exercise is designed to be within the capability of any well-led and well-trained patrol from any Arm or Service and it also draws participants from overseas.  Cambrian Patrol is conducted for the benefit of units and there is no final order of merit and the exercise is the same for Regular and Reserve Forces patrols.


2.         The aim of Cambrian Patrol is to provide a challenging patrols exercise in order to develop operational capability.


3.         There are separate but identical phases for Regular and Reserve units:

a.         The Reserve Phases.  The Reserve event is run from a Friday to a Sunday and is open to patrols from the Territorial Army, Royal Marine Reserves, Royal Auxiliary Air Force and equivalent overseas Reserve units.  Entry details are the same as for the Regular event.

b.         The Regular Phases.  The Regular event is open to patrols from Regular units of the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and foreign countries.  Units may bid to enter more than one patrol.  Units from the Territorial Army and University OTCs may also enter on a fill-up basis if they can release personnel to participate mid-week. 

c.         Patrol Composition.  Each patrol is to have a non-participating Patrol Manager and two drivers.  The drivers may be reserves.  The composition of the patrol is to be:

(1)        Ptl Comd:              Offr/WO/SNCO.

(2)        Ptl 2IC:                  JNCO.

(3)        6 x Ptes:               This group may include no more than one x JNCO*.

*This composition does not apply to University OTCs.  Any other unit whose establishment makes adherence to these criteria exceptionally difficult can apply in writing to the CP Office, HQ 160 (Wales) Bde for dispensation.

d.         Eligibility.  The following rule applies:

No individual is to enter the Patrol more than twice in any one rank (not including Patrol Managers).


4.         The exercise will be conducted in seven phases in order to allow the maximum number of units to enter.  The Reserve Forces participate on Phases One and Seven.  The phase dates are as follows:

a.              Phase One:        Report Fri 11 Oct 13; ends Sun 13 Oct 13 (Reserve Forces).

b.              Phase Two:       Report Sun 13 Oct 13; ends Tue 15 Oct 13.

c.              Phase Three:     Report Mon 14 Oct 13; ends Wed 16 Oct 13.

d.              Phase Four:       Report Tue 15 Oct 13; ends Thu 17 Oct 13.

e.              Phase Five:        Report Wed 16 Oct 13; ends Fri 18 Oct 13.

f.               Phase Six:          Report Thu 17 Oct 13; ends Sat 19 Oct 13.

g.              Phase Seven:    Report Fri 18 Oct 13; ends Sun 20 Oct 13 (Reserve Forces).


5.         Cambrian Patrol is a Mission and Task Orientated exercise.  The fundamental criteria used to assess the performance of the patrol is by determining whether or not it completes the various tasks and achieves its Mission.  This is assessed by awarding marks for:

a.              Military skills (approx 70% of total marks).

b.              Orders (approx 15% of total marks).

c.              Debrief (approx 15% of total marks).

6.         The other Military skills that may be assessed during Cambrian Patrol are:

a.              Dismounted Close Combat Skills.

b.              Obstacle crossing drills.

c.              First aid and CASEVAC procedures.

d.              Recognition of aircraft, vehicles and equipment.

e.              C-IED/Minefield Clearance drills.

f.               Patrol Techniques.

g.              Prisoner of War (PW) Handling.

h.              Helicopter drills.

i.                Media handling.

      k.         Radio communications skills.

      l.          Artillery Target Indication Procedures.

7.         Additional skills to be assessed may be notified in the future.  Units may find References A, B and C useful.  Reference B can be supplied to units on request by CP Office, HQ 160 (Wales) Bde.


8.         The level of award will depend on the patrol completing all aspects of the exercise, in particular the mission phase.  Awards are:

      a.         Gold:                75% or more of the points available.

      b.         Silver:              65-74% of the points available.

      c.         Bronze:           55-64% of the points available.

d.              Certificate:       Completed the exercise in the time allowed and scored less than 55% of the points available.

9.         Certificates are awarded to all those that complete the Cambrian Patrol.  However, teams or individuals who withdraw will not be awarded a certificate (teams that fall below 5 members will be withdrawn for safety reasons).


10.       Units should apply using the application form attached.  Copies of the application should also be sent to the unit’s Brigade or Divisional HQ.  Units are welcome to bid to enter several teams, however, last minute withdrawals due to a failure to anticipate commitments or train adequately are extremely unwelcome and may prevent other units from participating.

11.       Bids are to show preference for dates/phases.  The closing date for bids will be
20 Sep 13.  Receipts of all bids will be acknowledged.  The organisers’ decision on allocation will be final.  Joining Instructions will be issued to units from 01 Sept 13.  Reserve Forces units are to note that they must be prepared to report between 0400 hrs (earliest) and 1030 hrs (latest) on Fri 11 Oct 13 or Fri 18 Oct 13.  Units must adhere to these timings.  Exact timings for each unit will be contained in the Warning Order which will be issued nearer the date of deployment.

12.       An entry fee of £60 per patrol made payable to ‘HQ 160 (Wales) Bde Central Bank’ should be enclosed with the application and is not refundable after the bid is accepted in August.  Forms received without an entry fee will be returned.  The entry fee for foreign teams is also £60, payable by UK cheque or by cash on arrival.

13.       Foreign units are encouraged to enter teams into Cambrian Patrol.  There is a requirement for these teams to be hosted by British units.  Wherever possible, allied and affiliated units should be used.  However, there may be a requirement for units on the same phase as foreign teams to assist with hosting if the above arrangement cannot be met.


14.       Units that require additional information can telephone the HQ 160(Wales) Bde Trg WO on 94351 2280 / 01874 613280 or SO2 G7 Trg, Maj P J Snelling on 94351 2251 / 01874 613251, e-mail or visit the 160 (Wales) Bde Intranet/Web page.  


Guidance for international units

Listed below are some useful points that should enable you 
and your patrol to deploy to the UK with the minimum effort: -


1.           Clearance.  Ensure you have clearance to attend the exercise from your higher formation.

2.           British Hosting Unit.  A British unit will look after your patrol whilst they are in UK.  Every attempt will be made to get your patrol as close to Wales as possible (however this is not always possible and you may find yourself as far North as Yorkshire).  Your unit will be contacted before September to sort out all the finer details for hosting (If your unit is affiliated with a British unit it is worth contacting them yourselves to see if hosting is possible).

3.           Accommodation.  Your host unit will provide accommodation for your patrol before and after Cambrian.  Standards will vary dramatically.  You may be in Barrack accommodation or bunked up in one large room on camp beds.  Accommodation will be free of charge.

4.           Feeding.  The British Army has now moved to a system called “Pay as You Dine”.  The estimated cost for 3 meals a day for 1 individual is £6.  Feeding your troops during the Exercise will be free.

5.           Time in UK.  Ideally your patrol should arrive with its host unit no more than 4 days before your start date.  You should aim to leave you host unit 1 to 2 days after your patrol has finished the exercise (R & R is your own responsibility).

6.           Arms.  For safety reasons no international unit is allowed to bring their own weapons.  Your host unit will supply your patrol with weapons plus the required training to operate them.

7.           Kit & Equipment.  Listed at Annex A is a provisional kit list.  This should help you start to prepare (a confirmed list will be issued to you in September).

8.           Communications.  You will be issued 2 x Satellite telephones (and ballast to make up the equivalent weight of the radios the British patrols carry) when you arrive on the start point of Cambrian.  You will also be given instruction and the information you need to know to operate these telephones at the start point.

9.           Transport.  If your patrol elects to fly or cannot bring your own transport your host unit will also provide this for you.  Note: It is your responsibility to get your patrol to and from your hosting unit.

10.         Pre – Training.  A Post Exercise Report from Cambrian Patrol and a DVD will be sent to you, which will give you a feel for the exercise.  If you or your unit has not entered the patrol before try to speak to someone from your country that has previous experience of the exercise (names and    addresses can be supplied if required).  Cambrian Patrol is an arduous exercise therefore the minimum skills your patrol will require are the following:-

a.         Be motivated.
b.         Start and finish with 8 patrol members.
c.         Have a strong leader and 2nd in command who can navigate both night and day using a map and compass.

11.         Tactics.  You should use your own tactics and drills whilst on the exercise (our instructors are aware of this and will mark accordingly).

12.  Joining Instructions.  You will receive a full set of comprehensive joining instructions at the end of August.

Close communications with this office will ensure you are well prepared and ready to start the exercise.  Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or problems regarding the exercise.

N S Gay| Major | Cambrian Patrol Co-ordinating Officer
HQ 160 (Wales) Bde, The Barracks, Brecon, LD3 7EA
(9)4351 2344| 01874 613344| Mobile 07732 302568 |

 Annex A to
Useful Points for
International Patrols


1.           Introduction.  This list stipulates the essential items for the effective functioning of an extended patrol.  Units should however note that one of the points from the CP 10 and 11 Post Exercise Reports was the tendency of many patrols to carry unnecessary weight.

2.           Kit List.

a.         Forbidden Items.  Mobile telephones and GPS (Global Positioning System) are not to be carried/used during the exercise.

b.         Weapons.  Patrols are to be armed with:

(1)       7 x Rifles (Provided by host unit).

(2)       1 x Light Machine guns (Provided by host unit)

c.         Individual Equipment.  Mandatory items are:

(1)       Dress.
(a)       Combat Suit - temperate, arctic, tropical;

(b)       Shirt - green, Norwegian, tropical;

(c)       Black issue boots;

(d)       Waterproofs;

(e)       Warm Top (Jersey Heavy Wool, Green fleece, Softie Jacket, Fleece);

(f)        Helmets.  All troops are to carry helmets.  The tactical situation will dictate whether these should be worn.  Patrols found not wearing these items when required will be deducted points; hence they should be easily accessible.  When helmets are not worn, applicable head dress should be worn.

(2)       Bergen.  Bergen as issued or equivalent.  It is to contain:

(a)       Spare clothing: shirt/trousers (as above), socks, gloves, warm hat.

(b)       24 hr ORPs/MREs sufficient for a 48 hr Exercise - to be supplied by own Unit.  NB: Patrols must provide their own rations.

(c)       Survival bag (6 ft/2m polythene bag) or bivvie bag.

(d)       Sleeping bag - a minimum of 6 per patrol.

(e)       Poncho - a minimum of 4 per patrol.

(3)       Webbing.  It is to include:

(a)       Wire cutters .

(b)       Water bottle (full).

(c)       Respirator haversack.

(4)       Miscellaneous.  Miscellaneous items to be carried by each member of the patrol:
(a)       Torch, with batteries and red filters.

(b)       Identity Card.

(c)       Whistle, Watch and Silva Compass or equivalent.

(d)       Ear defenders.

(e)       20m para cord.

(d)       Patrol Equipment.  In addition to the individual clothing and equipment listed above, the patrol is to carry the following:

(1)       Maps x as issued. 

(2)       Night sights x 2.

(3)       Binoculars x 2.

(4)       Radios: International patrols will be issued 2 x Satellite Telephones at the start point of the exercise.  Note: ballast will also be issued with these telephones to make up the weight British patrols will be carrying with their issue radios

(5)       Tactical Aide Memoir (International equivalent)

(6)       Helicopter Panel.

(7)       Digging Tools x 2.

(8)       Protractor and Prismatic Compass x 2.

(9)       High Visibility/Reflective vests x 2.

(10)     Section First Aid Bag.

(11)     PRR (personnel roll radios) if issued (optional).

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