Massive war games launch in Thailand: 7 nations participate

Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 was launched in Thailand on February 13 with a total of seven participating nations: Thailand, United States, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

“Exercise Cobra Gold is the one of the largest military exercises in the Indo-Pacific region,” US Pacific Command (US PACOM) said. “This is the 37th iteration of the exercise and is co-sponsored by the Royal Thai Armed Forces and the US Armed Forces. The exercise represents the longstanding friendship between the Thai and the American people.”

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US PACOM said the objective of Cobra Gold is to advance regional security and ensure effective responses to regional crises by bringing together a robust multinational force to address shared goals and security commitments in the Indo-Pacific region.

Cobra Gold will run until February 23 with focus on three major components: a Command Post Exercise (CPX), Field Training Exercise (FTX), and Humanitarian Civic Assistance (HCA) exercise.