Exercise Cobra Gold is famous among U.S. Marines stationed in Okinawa and mainland Japan. An Asia-Pacific military exercise held every year, Cobra Gold is the largest Asia-Pacific military exercise held annually, and is among the largest multinational military exercises in which the United States participates. The goal of the exercise is to improve coordination between the armed forces of the United States and Thailand in both hostile military and humanitarian efforts.
What started as a simple bilateral training exercise between U.S. forces and America’s oldest ally in the South Asia region has evolved and extended to the point of including other nations such as Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea. The exercise has also been used as a testing ground for new battlefield technologies such as solar powered weaponry.
In this video, service members from Thailand, the Republic of Korea and the U.S. participate in an amphibious capabilities demonstration at Hat Yao, in Rayong Province, Thailand, during the combined arms live fire exercise (CALFEX) phase on February 2017.
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