During Cobra Gold 2013, multinational military units from the Royal Thai Marine Corps, United States Marine Corps and Navy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore conducted a five day Emergency Evacuation Exercise in Pattaya. The exercise was held in the area near the sports facility on Soi Chaiyapruek 2.
The exercise comprised of instruction in emergency planning, establishing and operating an emergency evacuation center. Centers like these would be used to evacuate victims from areas of natural disasters, political unrest and other emergencies.
Japanese roll playing evacuees board a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopter during an Emergency Evacuation Exercise in Pattaya.
The exercise concluded on Sunday with an actual evacuation of roll playing evacuees. The evacuees were played by staff members and their families of the Japanese Embassy in Bangkok. U.S. Marine CH-53 and CH-46 helicopters from the USS Bonhomie Richard, LHD-6, arrived and evacuated the stimulated victims.
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter prepares to touch down to transport evacuees of a multinational emergency evacuation drill Feb. 17 in Pattaya, during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. (130217-M-IM838-056)
Evacuees are led to a U.S. Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter while conducting a multinational emergency evacuation drill Feb. 17 in Pattaya, during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. Military members from Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, and Malaysia worked alongside U.S. Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to process multinational citizens through security and screening stations before evacuating them via helicopter. (130217-M-IM838-096)
PFC Bret Mays from the Young Marines Pattaya watches a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopter departing the Evacuation Center’s Landing Zone.