CHIANG MAI PROVINCE, Kingdom of Thailand --
Exercise Cobra Gold 2013 officially began with the opening ceremony Feb. 11, 2013, in Chiang Mai Province, Kingdom of Thailand.
The ceremony was presided over by U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie A. Kenney and Deputy Chief of Defense Forces of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Adm. Yuttana Phagpolngam. The ceremony signaled the beginning of the Asia-Pacific region’s largest multinational exercise, taking place in various locations throughout the Kingdom of Thailand Feb. 11-21.
“Our relationship is strong and very important to both countries and provides a solid foundation for continued regional peace and security,” said Phagpolngam, in reference to the longstanding alliance between the United States and the Kingdom of Thailand.
The exercise will consist of a staff exercise, various senior leader engagements, field training exercises, and humanitarian and civic assistance projects.
“As a civilian, I know that makes us safer, more productive and more prosperous…when you train together, talk together, plan together,” said Kenney. “I know that if a disaster strikes my country or a neighboring country you will all be there…because you’ve worked together (you know) how to respond immediately and effectively to save lives.”
Royal Thai Army Lt. Gen. Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan, CG 13 exercise lead and director of joint operations of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, and Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, shared remarks during the opening ceremony to highlight the joint interoperability between participating nations as the central theme to this year’s exercise.
“Every citizen of every nation in this region has a stake in their security and should be interested in what happens here at Cobra Gold,” said Locklear. “It is critical to building our multinational
coordination, our interoperability with all our partners in the region; and allows us to collectively be able to respond to crises and to protect the peace and prosperity of all of our people.”
Approximately 13,000 military personnel from the Kingdom of Thailand, United States, Singapore, Japan, Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia are participating in CG 13. Several personnel from other nations in the region will participate and serve as observers of the staff exercise.
In its 32nd iteration, CG 13 is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective response to regional crises by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region.
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