The British Army and allied forces have conducted multiple training competitions in South Korea to hone their mountain and urban warfare skills.
The event was the first Korean International Combat Training Competition (KI-CTC), including various simulations in many battlefield terrains.
Representatives from other partners, including Australia, India, and Norway, attended to observe the training.
‘Unique’ and ‘Rewarding’
The UK’s 1st Battalion “Scots Guards” C Company joined more than 180 warfighters from Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, and the US in mock infantry matches involving two teams in each round.
Teams demonstrated other skills, such as synchronized helicopter maneuvers, military drills, and martial arts exhibitions.
KI-CTC tailored the approach to support the exchange of knowledge on strengths and weaknesses among participants, enhancing their interoperability in various environments covered across the exercise.
Although KI-CTC did not announce official winners, the Scots Guards accepted an exceptional contribution award at the event.
“This training exercise is like nothing we would normally experience in the UK,” KI-CTC British Army Team Platoon Commander Capt. Hugh Dingwall stated.
“The opportunity to compete against allies such as the USA in a force-on-force environment is unique and something that was incredibly rewarding.”
‘Hard, Realistic Training’
Dingwell highlighted the advantage gained by the event.
“Peace is not free, it only comes from hard realistic training,” he said. “The KI-CTC will enable learning between partners and allies to share best practice and learn from each other.”