Exercise Cobra Gold strengthens interoperability, regional relationships

Some 5,800 U.S. service members, working in Thailand alongside forces from 29 partner nations, have wrapped up one of the largest security cooperation exercises in the Indo-Pacific region. Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters today that Cobra Gold 18, which ended Feb. 23, sought to improve participants’ capability to plan and conduct combined and joint operations, to build relationships among participating nations across the region, and to improve interoperability over a range of activities, including enhancing maritime security and responding to large-scale natural disasters. Three Phases to Success…

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USNS Pililaau delivers exercise Cobra Gold essentials

Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) maritime prepositioning ship (MPS) USNS Pililaau (T-AK 304) arrived in port Feb. 5 and offloaded equipment marked for various locations in Thailand to support exercise Cobra Gold 2018. Cobra Gold 2018 is a Thailand and United States co-sponsored exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand. The Pililaau, a large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) platform, was the first of three ships to arrive and offload equipment for CG18. The other vessels were operated under a U.S. Army Pacific contract to deliver additional CG18 equipment. “We originated from…

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