HAT YAO, Kingdom of Thailand --
U.S. Marines and sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit executed an amphibious assault demonstration alongside Royal Thai Marines here Feb. 14.
The demonstration was part of Cobra Gold 2013, an annual multinational exercise designed by the Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region.
The assault began with two Marine F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets, a UH-1Y Huey helicopter and an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter simulating preliminary bombardments on the beach with the aid of pyrotechnics.
Afterward, a squad of Royal Thai Marine paratroopers dropped in while the bilateral Thai and U.S. assault team hit the beach. Following the amphibious landing, CH-46E Sea Knight and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters and an MV-22B Osprey conducted a fly by.
“We really enjoyed training with the U.S. Marines and benefit through shared tactics,” said Royal Thai Marine Corps Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Tanin Surarak, Amphibious Assault Vehicle Division, crew chief.
The amphibious assault exercise helped improve Thai and U.S. Marines capability to plan and conduct combined-joint operations in a diverse terrain setting.
Elsewhere in Thailand, service members from more than fifteen countries participated in a multinational staff planning exercise focusing on a United Nations-authorized peace enforcement operations within a protection of civilians scenario that includes a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief element.
“The integration through all the nations has been good. Language might be a barrier but still we can overcome that, said Col. Shamsuri Bin Alias, representing Malaysia at the staff exercise. “We hope to learn more about humanitarian assistance for our military force protection in the context of protecting civilians.”
Working together, exercise participants conduct joint and multinational training that is vital to maintaining the readiness and interoperability of the participating military forces.
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