Thailand kicks off largest U.S. drill in a decade

In Thailand, the largest international exercise in a decade with the participation of the United States began. It is reported by Bloomberg.

The military exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand, which takes place from February 28 to March 10, is the largest joint military exercise in mainland Asia involving 30 countries. More than 6,000 US military personnel will take part in them.

According to the United States Ambassador to Thailand, Robert Godek, the participation of the commander-in-chief of the US Army in the Indo-Pacific region, John Aquilino, was announced in the maneuvers.

“Cobra Gold helps ensure interoperability, advances our common interests, and serves as a demonstration of our dedication to our allies and partners in securing a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Godek said at the opening ceremony of the military exercise.

More than 7,000 military personnel from countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea will take part in the maneuvers. Military personnel of the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) will also take part in some training.

Earlier, the second joint naval exercises of Russia, China and South Africa began in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. On the Russian side, a detachment of ships of the Northern Fleet is participating as part of the medium tanker Kama and the frigate Admiral Gorshkov. During the exercises, it is planned to work out the interaction of maritime systems, the fight against piracy, as well as improve response measures to natural disasters.

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