Naval Battalion Combat Team joins Cobra Gold

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The commander in chief of the Royal Thai Navy was on hand when the Naval Battalion Combat Team joined mixed international marine forces in an amphibious assault exercise during the Cobra Gold war games in Sattahip.

About 3,000 personnel from Thailand, the United States and South Korea participated in the Feb. 12 drill at Hat Yao Beach. They were supported by the HTMS Angthong, HTMS Surin, HTMS Ladya, HTMS Mutpone, a Bell s-70b Seahawk helicopter, eight amphibious combat vehicles, and two Island Humvee armored vehicles.

About 3,000 personnel from Thailand, the United States and South Korea participated in the mixed international marine forces amphibious assault exercise during the Cobra Gold war games at Hat Yao Beach in Sattahip.

The US brought the USS Ashland, eight amphibious combat vehicles, two F16 fighters, two F18 jets, two UH1 helicopters, two AH-1 Cobra Apaches, and two MV22 Osprey aircraft. The South Korean navy contributed ROKS Cheon Wang Bong, eight amphibious combat vehicles and a K1 tank.

The demonstration aimed to reinforce the abilities of the three countries’ navies by seizing opposite sides of the beachhead using moving boats and troops with close aircraft support to weaken shooting from the other side.