Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cobra Gold in Full Swing in Thailand

Cobra Gold, a joint and coalition multinational exercise that includes participation by Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and the United States, kicked off officially Feb. 4 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Hosted for the past 28 years by Thailand, Cobra Gold provides unique and dynamic training opportunities for participating military partners, while also promoting relationship building between the militaries and local communities in the exercise areas.

See Agence France-Presse’s coverage of the exercise start.

In addition to events such as a United Nations Force staff exercise and coalition task force staff and field training, more than a dozen medical assistance and engineering construction projects are taking place during the exercise.

Nations observing the exercise are China, South Korea, India, Germany, Laos, Brunei, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Australia and Nepal.

Exercises such as Cobra Gold are an important component of U.S. Pacific Command’s commitment to fostering multilateral relationships to enhance stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

Keep track of the exercise on the Cobra Gold website, and via the Cobra Gold Flickr page.

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