Cobra Gold 2010 to build on 29 years of dynamic training
By SOF Editor on Fri, 01/15/2010 - 11:29am
Cobra Gold, the largest multinational exercise in the world, begins its 29th year of joint training and cooperation among six countries in the Asia-Pacific Theater in Thailand on Feb. 1. Participating nations include Thailand, the United States, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and the Republic of Korea. "Thailand is one of our closest friends and partners in Asia, as well as being our oldest ally in Asia," said Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commander, U.S. Army, Pacific. "The Cobra Gold exercise is the largest multi-lateral joint military exercise in the world." Sponsored by U.S. Pacific Command and the Royal Thai Supreme Command, the three-week exercise includes a command post exercise, a series of medical and engineering civic-action projects, and joint and combined field training. The exercise continues to serve as a venue to build coalition interoperability with Asia-Pacific regional partners. The command post exercise focuses on training a Thai, U.S., Singaporean, Indonesian, and Republic of Korea coalition task force. The exercise also includes Japan participating within a U.N. Force staff. A team consisting of representatives from Brunei, Chile, China, Germany, Laos, Mongolia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Vietnam will observe the command post exercise at the invitation of Thailand. Among Cobra Gold 10's objectives are training Pacific Command's rapid deployment of a joint task force and subsequent coordination with U.N. forces, with the aim of improving PACOM's ability to conduct multinational operations and increasing interoperability with partner nations. The military-to-military relationships developed during Cobra Gold exercises underscore a combined capability to face myriad issues in the Asia-Pacific Theater, including terrorism, transnational threats, and humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief efforts.