Thailand and United States has recently hosted
the opening ceremony for the 38th Cobra Gold military exercise in Thailand. The
Cobra Gold is the largest annual Asia-Pacific military exercise. It was first
held in 1982.
The aim of the exercise is to improve coordination
and inter-operability between USA, Thailand and other participating nations in
both hostile military and humanitarian efforts.
The exercise have three distinct activities- a) Combined
Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX), b) Command Post Exercise (CPX) and c) activity
related to assisting the local Thai population.
The active participants in the exercise include
USA, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South
Korea. China and India participate in civic-action parts of the exercise.