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Cobra Gold 2013 – Daily Update
February 17, 2013
CHIANG MAI PROVINCE, Kingdom of Thailand -- Exercise Cobra Gold 2013, the Asia-Pacific region’s largest multinational exercise, officially began with an opening ceremony Feb. 11, 2013, in Chiang Mai Province, Kingdom of Thailand.

Exercise events began immediately following the ceremony, with senior leaders from Thailand, the U.S., Singapore, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia participating in a senior leader seminar, Feb. 11–12, in Chiang Mai.

The seminar provided an opportunity for senior leaders to exchange information and experiences about real-world missions they have executed over the past several years.

In addition to the senior leader seminar, a staff exercise began where staff officers from 13 nations are working together to create an operations plan that will be used in support of an exercise scenario requiring multinational support for peace enforcement operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations during Cobra Gold 2014.

While multinational planning efforts were underway in Chiang Mai, the majority of the 13,000 Cobra Gold participants engaged in humanitarian and civic assistance projects, which includes engineering civic assistance projects and cooperative health engagements, and field training exercises in various locations across Thailand during the first week of the exercise.

The first of several large scale field training exercises was conducted in Hat Yao, Chonburi province Feb. 14. During this exercise U.S. Marines and sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit executed an amphibious assault demonstration alongside Royal Thai Marines. 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. Following the bombardment, a
squad of Royal Thai Marine paratroopers dropped into an identified landing zone while the bilateral Thai and U.S. assault team advanced onto the beach using assault amphibian vehicles. Following theamphibious landing, CH-46E Sea Knight and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters and an MV-22B Osprey simulated assault support missions.

Additional field training exercises being conducted during CG 13 include a small boat raid, various combined-arms training and live-fire exercises, aerial supply drops, joint tactical air control training, and a simulated non-combatant evacuation operation and transportation of Japanese nationals overseas demonstration.

Elsewhere in Thailand, military personnel from Thailand, the U.S., Singapore, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia are improving the quality of life and local infrastructure through the construction of five school buildings, and providing medical, dental, pediatric, optometry and pharmaceutical care at six locations across
the country.

Along with providing better facilities for school children and healthcare to meet the needs of the local population, CG 13
participants also used the exercise as an opportunity to exchange medical best practices through a medical symposium that addressed common regional health concerns.

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 at cobragold.media@gmail.com 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.

Members of the media are welcome to cover the following events:

Sunday, Feb. 17: Multilateral Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation/ Transportation of Japanese Nationals Overseas. Media will meet at the Pattaya Stadium (Eastern National Sports Training Center) parking lot in Chonburi province at 10 a.m. GPS coordinates of meeting location: 12.888265, 100.921236.

Tuesday, Feb. 19: Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear training at the Camp Samaesan gate, Chonburi province at 10 a.m. GPS coordinates: 12.64826,100.956244.

Wednesday, Feb. 20: *** Date Change*** Jungle Warfare Training in Chonburi province. Meet at the Hat Yao gate at 7:30 a.m. GPS coordinates: 12.624844, 100.93601.

Thursday, Feb. 21: These following three events will take place very close together and in this order:
- Humanitarian and Civic Assistance dedication ceremony in Makhamsoong, Muang District, Phitsanulok at 8 a.m.
- Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise in Ban Dan Lan Hoi, Sukhothai province at 10 a.m.
- Closing Ceremony in Ban Dan Lan Hoi, Sukhothai province at 12 p.m.

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Captain Cody Chiles

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