The Royal Gurkha Rifles have celebrated their 24th birthday and in Brunei, the celebrations began with physical challenges, sports and competitions.
2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles( 2RGR) spent the morning playing football, competing at tug of war and in the gruelling heat of the midday sun undertook the British Army Warrior Fitness Challenge, a relay of running, jumping, squats, weights and rowing.
Captain Ranjan Badgami, Ops Officer for 2RGR was extremely pleased with how the competitors performed saying:
“The main thing is keeping that fighting spirit in the Company rivalry but in a healthy way and that was the main aim for me”.
In 1991, under the SDSR ‘Options for Change’, the British government decided to reduce and remodel the structure of the British Army.
As a result, the Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) was formed on July 1, 1994, from the remaining four Gurkha Infantry Regiments: 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles, 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles and 10th Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles.
Families were invited to attend the remainder of the day where medals were handed out for the recent Company Championships.
Food, drink, dancing and music took the celebration well into the evening.
Commanding Officer for British Forces Brunei and 2RGR, Lt Col Jamie Murray wished all connected to the Royal Gurkha Rifles, no matter where they are around the world "a very happy birthday".
"I wish them Godspeed and good luck in all the things they’re doing.”