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04 February 2010 :: 11:02:41 am 12266

Cobra Gold 2010: US Led War Games Kick-off Near Pattaya

The annual joint exercise, ‘Cobra Gold,’ between the United States and Thailand has begun in Rayong on Monday. This year three other Asian nations have been invited to participate in the ‘war games’ which run from the 1st-11th of February.
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Rayong, the 1st of February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The opening ceremony for the 2010 Cobra Gold exercise was jointly presided over by Admiral Wallop Kerdphol (Deputy Chief of Thailand’s Defence Force) and the US Ambassador to Thailand Eric G. John. The ceremony took place at U-Tapao Airport, Rayong.

 

Apart from the annual exercise between the US and Thai forces, this year sees the inclusion of a large contingent of military personnel from Singapore, Japan and South Korea, with over 20 other countries sending delegates to observe proceedings.

The Cobra Gold is a joint and coalition multi-national military exercise held annually in Thailand. The aim of the exercise is to promote regional peace and security whilst serving as a practical training event. Thai, US, Singaporean, Japanese, Indonesian, South Korean, and United Nations military personnel will participate in field training exercises modelled after the UN’s multi-national peace support operations scenario.

 

Thailand’s US Ambassador Mr. John announced, in regards to Cobra Gold, that: “this is the largest military cooperative effort in the Pacific” and signals “the US commitment to the security of our friends and allies in the Asia-Pacific region.” In relation to the details of the exercise he explained: “The training is based on a “computer-simulated command post exercise (CPX), field training exercises linked to the CPX and humanitarian and civic assistance projects.”

The joint activity is designed to improve the American Pacific Command’s ability to carry out joint and multi-national military operations and to improve the ability of the participating countries’ armed forces in working together. The computer-era exercise combines Thai, US, Singaporean, Japanese, Indonesian, and South Korean participants in a coalition grouping.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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