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Cobra Gold 2012 gets underway in Thailand

02-10-2012 10:00 BJT

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More than 13,000 military personnel including troops from the US, Thailand, South Korea and Japan are taking part in war games in Thailand. Several military exercises are scheduled, covering live-fire, diving, shooting and parachuting.

The drills, being held under the code name "Cobra Gold," are part of the U.S. move, announced last year, to re-engage with Southeast Asia. CCTV's Dusita Chumsri filed this report.

A fleet of Amphibious Assault Vehicles storm a beach southeast of Bangkok.

The vehicles drive out of the water and onto dry land. The marines stimulate an attack by setting off explosions.

The largest "war games" in the Pacific has officially begun.

More than 13,000 military personnel including troops from the US, Thailand, South Korea
and Japan are taking part in war games in Thailand.

More than 13,000 forces from the US, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia will take part in the United States' longest standing military exercise in the Pacific.

The 10-day exercise, code named "Cobra Gold" is an annual event. But since the first joint training in 1982, this is their biggest year to date.

Rear Admiral Chorchat Gra-tes, Royal Thai Fleet, said, This is larger than previous years because we have the Republic of Korea landing ship tanks that have joined us for the landing."

Troops from participating nations practice a series of activities and tactics ranging from computer stimulated command-post exercises, training scenarios to human and civic assistance projects.

More than 13,000 military personnel including troops from the US, Thailand, South Korea
and Japan are taking part in war games in Thailand.

CCTV's Dusita Chumsri said, "Today's field training exercise is just one of many exercise drills that forces from 7 nations will participate in over the course of 10 days. These exercises are aimed to increase inter-operability and multi-national co-ordination between the nations involved."

This year's Cobra Gold is the first since the US announced last year a strategy to re-engage with South East Asia. Under this pledge, the US will maintain its large military bases in Japan and South Korea, whilst increasing troop presence in Australia, Singapore and the Philippines.

Off the heels of two costly wars in the Middle East, it seems that the US is increasingly looking to their allies to share the burden of safeguarding Washington's interest in South East Asia.

More than 13,000 military personnel including troops from the US, Thailand, South Korea
and Japan are taking part in war games in Thailand.

More than 13,000 military personnel including troops from the US, Thailand, South Korea
and Japan are taking part in war games in Thailand.

More than 13,000 military personnel including troops from the US, Thailand, South Korea
and Japan are taking part in war games in Thailand.

More than 13,000 military personnel including troops from the US, Thailand, South Korea
and Japan are taking part in war games in Thailand.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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