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Cobra Gold 18: Exercise Cobra Gold opening ceremony

By Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kriess, III Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines from the Royal Thai Marine Corps Secuity Regiment stand in formation Feb. 13, 2018, during the opening ceremony of Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 at U-Tapao International Airport, Ban Chang district, Rayong province, Thailand. Exercise Cobra Gold, in its 37th iteration, is designed 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. The annual exercise is conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations.
Cobra Gold 18: Multi-National forces hold opening ceremony
Marines from the Royal Thai Marine Corps Secuity Regiment stand in formation Feb. 13, 2018, during the opening ceremony of Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 at U-Tapao International Airport, Ban Chang district, Rayong province, Thailand. Exercise Cobra Gold, in its 37th iteration, is designed 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. The annual exercise is conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations.
Flags from multiple nations participating in or observing Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 are flown during the opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2018, at U-Tapao International Airport, Ban Chang district, Rayong province, Thailand. Cobra Gold 18 provides a venue for both United States and partner nations to advance interoperability and increase partner capacity in planning and executing complex and realistic multinational force and combined task force operations. The annual exercise is conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations.
Cobra Gold 18: Multi-National Forces hold opening ceremony
Flags from multiple nations participating in or observing Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 are flown during the opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2018, at U-Tapao International Airport, Ban Chang district, Rayong province, Thailand. Cobra Gold 18 provides a venue for both United States and partner nations to advance interoperability and increase partner capacity in planning and executing complex and realistic multinational force and combined task force operations. The annual exercise is conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations.
U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn Davies, Gen. Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, Chief of Defense Forces in Thailand, and U.S. Marine Corps. Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, III Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, address forces from all seven participating nations in Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 during the opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2018, at U-Tapao International Airport, Ban Chang district, Rayong province, Thailand. Cobra Gold 18 provides a venue for both United States and partner nations to advance interoperability and increase partner capacity in planning and executing complex and realistic multinational force and combined task force operations. The annual exercise is conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations.
Cobra Gold 18: Multi-National Forces hold opening ceremony
U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn Davies, Gen. Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, Chief of Defense Forces in Thailand, and U.S. Marine Corps. Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, III Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, address forces from all seven participating nations in Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 during the opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2018, at U-Tapao International Airport, Ban Chang district, Rayong province, Thailand. Cobra Gold 18 provides a venue for both United States and partner nations to advance interoperability and increase partner capacity in planning and executing complex and realistic multinational force and combined task force operations. The annual exercise is conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations.
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, III Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, addresses forces from all seven participating nations in Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 during the opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2018, at U-Tapao International Airport, Ban Chang district, Rayong province, Thailand. Exercise Cobra Gold, in its 37th iteration, is designed 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. The annual exercise is conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations.
Cobra Gold 18: Multi-National Forces hold opening ceremony
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, III Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, addresses forces from all seven participating nations in Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 during the opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2018, at U-Tapao International Airport, Ban Chang district, Rayong province, Thailand. Exercise Cobra Gold, in its 37th iteration, is designed 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. The annual exercise is conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations.
Forces from all seven nations participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 stand in formation during the opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2018, at U-Tapao International Airport, Ban Chang district, Rayong province, Thailand. Exercise Cobra Gold, in its 37th iteration, is designed 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. The annual exercise is conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations.
Cobra Gold 18: Multi-National Forces hold opening ceremony
Forces from all seven nations participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 stand in formation during the opening ceremony Feb. 13, 2018, at U-Tapao International Airport, Ban Chang district, Rayong province, Thailand. Exercise Cobra Gold, in its 37th iteration, is designed 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. The annual exercise is conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations.
The commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, Gen. Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, Mr. Glyn T. Davies, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, and Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, commander, III Marine Expeditionary Force, led the opening ceremony for Exercise Cobra Gold at the Royal Thai Naval Aviation Division, U-Tapao International Airport, Sattahip district, Chonburi province, Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018. They were joined by the ambassadors of Japan and the Republic of Korea and representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Exercise Cobra Gold is the one of the largest military exercises in the Indo-Pacific region. This is the 37th iteration of the exercise and is co-sponsored by the Royal Thai Armed Forces and the U.S. Armed Forces. The exercise represents the longstanding friendship between the Thai and the American people.

The objective of the exercise 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. Exercise Cobra Gold 18 supports a stronger military relationship between the Royal Thai Armed Forces and other nations.

This year, Exercise Cobra Gold has seven countries fully participating: Thailand, United States of America, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea and Singapore. 

This year the exercise will take place from Feb. 13-23 and will focus on three major components; a Command Post Exercise (CPX), Field Training Exercise (FTX), and Humanitarian Civic Assistance (HCA) exercise.

Cobra Gold seeks to improve the capabilities of participating nations to plan and conduct combined and joint operations; build relationships among participating nations across the region; and improve interoperability over a range of activities, including enhancing maritime security and responding to large-scale natural disasters.

For more information, photos, videos and stories about Cobra Gold, including past iterations, please visit the Cobra Gold public web page: www.dvidshub.net/feature/CobraGold or official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ExerciseCobraGold.

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