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    Amphibious landing, lands well with participating nations

    Thailand military officials observe demonstration at Cobra Gold 2016

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    AFN Pacific

    UTAPAO, Thailand — The amphibious capabilities demonstration for Cobra Gold 16 incorporates several military forces in a joint, multinational event, Feb. 12 at Hat Yao Beach, Sattahip, Thailand.

    Thailand is co-host of the 35th annual, Exercise Cobra Gold, alongside the U.S. This multilateral exercise has several countries participating; of these are Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Japan, and the U.S.

    “Today’s amphibious exercise was primarily to develop and build. So we can demonstrate our multilateral cooperation and abilities to perform any set of missions as a coalition. Whether it’s humanitarian, disaster relief, or other types of missions.” said Sgt. Maj. Mario Marquez, Cobra Gold 16 Marine Forces sergeant major, native of Hawaiian Gardens, California.

    The exercise was an opportunity for the forces to showcase what could be done when they work side by side, furthering the importance of Exercise Cobra Gold.

    “This is important because cooperation with nations that join the exercise, relationships with other nations, the soldiers, and the friends have the notion we share this together. So when we have a real mission, in the real world, it will be very easy to contact them.” said Capt. Thepphagorn Intorn, Deputy Chief of Staff, Amphibious and Combat Support Service Squadron.

    When asked if the objective of the mission was met Marquez said, “The success of the mission to me, was the fact that we were able to integrate multicultural and multinational and different partners from across the Pacific in one mission successfully. Into a mission that was very difficult and very safely executed. I was very impressed by the execution of it as a whole.”

    Many members of the Royal Thai Navy and other branches gathered to watch the event that generated excitement and energy. All attention from the audience was on the mission, in which the nations conducted together.

    “My personal best (Cobra Gold) experience has been seeing the amphibious landing up to this point. Because of integrations of staffs from multilanguage and different cultures and seeing them come together to brief the generals and just execute a flawless amphibious landing,” said Marquez, participating his seventh time in the exercise.

    Exercises like these conducted during Cobra Gold have proved to be beneficial in real world events, as recent as the earthquake in Nepal in 2015. The communication and familiarization between the U.S., Thailand and other countries’ pre-established partnerships helped sort out events through that disaster. Being able to see a familiar face in a time like that could make all the difference.



    Date Taken: 02.12.2016
    Date Posted: 02.13.2016 02:36
    Story ID: 188801
    Location: UTAPAO, TH 

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