Joint Exercise Cobra Gold Involves U.S. And Thai Troops

Joint Exercise Cobra Gol(CB17) is an annual Thai-U.S. co-sponsored joint and multinational exercise is the largest multinational theater security cooperation exercise in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The exercise will take place Feb. 14 to 24 at various locations throughout the Kingdom of Thailand. This year will be the the 36th edition of the military exercise.

Countries participating in the exercise include Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Republic of Korea and Malaysia. A total of twenty-nine nations are either directly participating in or observing CG17, with approximately 3,600 U.S. personnel participating both ashore and afloat. This year’s exercise will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts to expand regional cooperation and collaboration.

Cobra Gold was first held in 1982. It served as military training exercise to improve coordination between the armed forces of the United States and Thailand in both hostile military and humanitarian efforts.

U.S. Marines infiltrate the beach head as part of an amphibious demonstration at Hat Yao Beach, Kingdom of Thailand, during Cobra Gold 2014, Feb. 14. Working together and conductint joint and multinational training is vital to maintaining the readiness and interoperability of the Thai, U.S. and other participating military forces. The Marines were with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Zachary W. Scanlon/released)

It also had the goal of strengthening ties between the U.S. and Thailand, the oldest ally of the United States in the South Asia region.

Most people are not aware that these two countries have allies via various treaties for over 180 years.

As of 2014, Cobra Gold has three distinct activities. The first is the combined arms live fire exercise (CALFEX), in which live ammunition is aimed at predetermined targets. Troops then assault a beach and landing zone while this live fire occurs. The second activity is a command post exercise (CPX), in which military officers engage in computerized war games, disaster relief, or humanitarian missions over several days. The final activity is assisting the local Thai population.

Capt. Nathan Moyer, Green Bay’s commanding officer, commented on this year’s CB17:

“Training with America‘s allies and partner nations makes us all better prepared and more responsive should a contingency occur. We look forward to demonstrating the capabilities of this awesome ‘blue-green’ team as we work at sea and ashore during Cobra Gold and throughout our time on patrol.”

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