Cobra Gold military drill begins in Thailand

Thailand and the US on Tuesday held the opening ceremony of their annual Cobra Gold military exercise, the biggest exercise of its type in the Asia-Pacific region, with 29 nations taking part as participants or observers.

Seven nations in addition to Thailand and the US are active participants: Singapore, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and South Korea.

The aim of the exercise is to strengthen cooperation and inter-operability, said Peter Haymond, the acting head of the US diplomatic mission in Thailand. There are three major components of the exercise, will end on February 22: military field training, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief training.

Source: VOV5