U.S., Thai military complete 40th Cobra Gold exercise
The United States Army, in conjunction with the Royal Thai Armed Forces, announcement the completion of this year’s Cobra Gold exercise, which marked the 40th annual Indo-Pacific military exercise.
This year’s training, held August 3-13 in Thailand, was a mix of in-person and virtual exercises. A total of seven countries participated in the training, most of them in Asia. Other nations from the region also participated as observers.
Cobra Gold 21 Deputy Multinational Force Commander US Army Brigadier. Gen. Patrick ellis called the maneuvers an opportunity for the US military to be with friends, share experiences and “further strengthen our bonds as military professionals.”
“These ties are particularly deep between the Royal Thai and American armed forces. For the past 40 years, Cobra Gold has been the cornerstone of the Thai-American alliance, ”added General Ellis.
Cobra Gold exercises
Cobra Gold is one of the oldest joint military maneuvers in the world and takes place annually in Thailand.
The first Cobra Gold was held in 1982 to improve coordination between US and Thai forces. Currently, seven nations participate each year with ten observers present.
The results of the maneuvers have been observed during natural disasters, where a coordinated military response is required. Examples include the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, the Tōhoku Tsunami of 2011, and Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.