British Army conducts jungle warfare training with Thai forces

The British Army and the Thai Armed Forces drive Panther Gold 21, a jungle warfare exercise to improve military warfare tactics, navigation and survival skills.

Panther Gold was first held in Kanchanaburi province in 2017, with the second held in Nakhon Ratchasima province in 2019.

In the third joint exercise, which runs from March 14 to April 1, 120 soldiers from the British Army’s Grenadier Guards are taking part alongside 160 members of the Thai Army’s 3rd Cavalry Regiment and Security Battalion.

Deepening defense cooperation between the UK and Thailand

The training coincided with the British Minister of Defense Baroness Goldievisit to Thailand. The Minister signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Thailand’s Deputy Defense Minister, General Chaichan Changmongkol to deepen and strengthen defense cooperation between the two nations.

“Thailand is an important defense partner for the UK in the Indo-Pacific,” Goldie said in a statement. “We are determined to continue to work together with our respective skills and expertise, supporting our common values ​​and addressing regional security challenges and global threats.”

“This week’s joint exercise is a fantastic example of our troops working together, building their skills and capabilities in a harsh jungle environment,” the statement added.

The training program consisted of two main activities: cross-training exercises to improve their martial arts skills, survive in the jungle, and familiarize themselves with weapons; and field practice exercises, which develop skills, including close target recognition and contact drills.

Kristen T. Prall