CHIANG MAI PROVINCE, Kingdom of Thailand --
Representatives from Burma, the People’s Republic of China, Laos, New Zealand and South Africa attended Cobra Gold 2013 as observers today in Chiang Mai province, Kingdom of Thailand.
The Kingdom of Thailand invited the representatives, designated collectively as the coalition observer liaison team, to observe aspects of the exercise in order to strengthen multilateral relationships, address global challenges and advance shared interests.
COLT nation participants observed crisis action planning during the staff exercise and the construction of an addition to a local school during a humanitarian and civic assistance project.
“I think this construction of schools and the humanitarian assistance during this exercise is very good,” said PRC Col. Lei Ming, senior member of the PRC’s observer group. “We could strengthen the mutual understanding of other countries’ navy and other countries’ troops to enhance our friendship and training levels together.”
Exercise Cobra Gold is the largest multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region, providing more than 20 countries the opportunity to participate. All opportunities are designed to build relationships, enhance interoperability, and promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Cobra Gold, for us, has become something to be part of for strategic reasons,” said New Zealand Group Capt. Mohammed Mukta Shariff, a representative from the country’s Defence Attaché. “It was really an opportunity for us to reinforce the ties between other nations.”
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.
Media interested in covering CG 13 should contact the Coalition Joint Information Bureau for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +66 (0)86-052-7623. Please include in the e-mail, full name, agency, intent of coverage and a cell phone number of each media member interested in attending.
For photographs of the engagement visit: http://www.dvidshub.net/feature/CobraGold13#.URuOblopZ33