19:07, February 04, 2010
Thailand, the United States and South Korea jointly participated in a mock amphibious assault demonstration, as part of the annual Cobra Gold military exercise on Thursday in central Thailand's province of Chonburi.
The drill started 10:00 a.m., was held at a Royal Thai Navy's seaside drill field at Sattahip County in Chonburi province, some 190 kilometers southeast of capital Bangkok.
amphibious assault, the highlight of Cobra Gold exercise, has attracted some 6,000 troops, six warships and 35 planes. Among them are USS Essex aircraft carrier, USS Denver cruiser, USS Harpers Ferry, Sunginbong from the South Korea, U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 and Royal Thai Air Force F-16 aircrafts. Two main vehicles, including the Landing Craft Air Cushion and the Amphibious Assault Vehicles were also used in the assault.
Gen. Songkitti Jaggabatara, Thailand's supreme commander inspected the exercise.
The 11-day Cobra Gold 2010 kicked off on Monday, is a joint and coalition multi-national exercise held by Thailand on a regular basis. This year marks the 29th anniversary of this regionally significant training event.
This year, 14,073 service members participating in the Cobra Gold exercise this year. Among them 4,658 are from Thailand, 8,741 from the United States, 95 from Indonesia, 140 from Singapore and 108 from Japan. This year also marks the first time that South Korea participates in the exercise, with 331 from the country, according to the Thai Armed Forces.
Besides, representatives from other ten observer countries were also present at the drill. The exercise consists of a computer- simulated command post exercise, field training exercises, and humanitarian and civil assistance projects.