Cobra Gold officially kicks off in Surin


Surin – The 38th iteration of Cobra Gold 2019 officially commenced on Tuesday in Surin province, with more than 8,000 soldiers from eight nations present.

Lt Gen Sittipol Nimnuan , director of the Thailand Mine Action Center of the Royal Thai Army, chaired the opening of this year’s Cobra Gold Exercise in the Prasart district of Surin province.

Taking place until February 22nd, Cobra Gold got underway with mine destruction exercises followed by humanitarian civic assistance, disaster relief, and counter terrorism.

Lt Gen Sittipol said that clearing the area of unexploded ordnance allows for cultivation of the land as well as prevents the threat of injury and stops explosives from falling into the wrong hands.

Cobra Gold is one of the largest cooperative security exercises in the Indo-Pacific region and is an integral part of the US and Thailand’s commitment to strengthening engagement in the region. Participating countries include Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Brunei, South Korea, Canada, United Kingdom, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Mongolia.