In pictures: Cambrian Patrol

Deep into the Welsh countryside, armed forces personnel from around the world took part in NATOs toughest patrolling challenge

Ministry of Defence
Oct 15 · 3 min read

Armed forces from all over began their patrols after receiving a set of orders around model pits that represented the ground they would soon become familiar with.

The teams of eight set off during all hours of the day and night, from 3am to 8pm. The time they set off really didn't matter as they had 37 miles of Welsh foothills to cover, with a variety of arduous challenges along the way.

Along their way, they dealt with casualties caused by a vehicle that crashed into a minefield, they had to cross a river 40 meters wide, conduct artillery target acquisition and call in close air support. The list goes on, it's no wonder they dub this the toughest patrolling challenge in NATO.

Here are a few elements of the patrol 📸

Soldiers from the British Army received their orders before setting off on their Cambrian Patrol.
British soldiers begin their Cambrian Patrol 21.
British soldiers leave the Patrol Base and begin their Cambrian Patrol 21.
Directing Staff and Role Players from the UK Armed Forces during Cambrian Patrol 21, simulating a battlefield casualty scenario.
Directing Staff and Role Players from the UK Armed Forces during Cambrian Patrol 21, simulating a battlefield casualty scenario.
Soldiers from the Greek Armed Forces during the Battlefield Casualty Drill scenario on Cambrian Patrol 21.
Soldiers from the Greek Armed Forces during the Battlefield Casualty Drill scenario on Cambrian Patrol 21.
Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment during the Battlefield Casualty Drill scenario on Cambrian Patrol 21.
A British soldier on Cambrian Patrol 21.
A British soldier on Cambrian Patrol 21.
British soldiers from Queen’s Royal Hussars, prepare to conduct a river crossing whilst on Cambrian Patrol 21.
British soldiers from Queen’s Royal Hussars, prepare to conduct a river crossing whilst on Cambrian Patrol 21.
British soldiers from Queen’s Royal Hussars conduct a river crossing whilst on Cambrian Patrol 21.
British soldiers from Queen’s Royal Hussars conducts a river crossing whilst on Cambrian Patrol 21.
Lithuanian soldier during the CBRN scenario on Cambrian Patrol 21.
Lithuanian soldier during the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) scenario on Cambrian Patrol 21.
A British soldier on Cambrian Patrol 21.
Soldiers from the Royal Logistics Corps clear their rifles after finishing Cambrian Patrol.
Soldiers from the Royal Logistics Corps clear their rifles after finishing Cambrian Patrol.
Dutch soldiers complete their Cambrian Patrol 21.
A Soldier from the Royal Logistics Corps completing his post-exercise admin after completing Cambrian Patrol 21.
A Soldier from the Royal Logistics Corps completing his post-exercise admin after completing Cambrian Patrol 21.

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