Exercise Cobra Gold begins this week

USS Ashland, Image: US Navy

U.S. Navy’s amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived to Sattahip, Thailand February 5 to start the Thai-U.S. exercise Cobra Gold.

Cobra Gold (CG) is a multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security  in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and is scheduled to begin this week.

Sailors assigned to Ashland and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will work alongside the Royal Thailand Navy and the Republic of Korea Navy to complete CG.

Commander Steven Wasson, executive officer of Ashland, said: “We do exercises such as Cobra Gold to help with theater security cooperation and to train our blue-green team how to work in conjunction with our foreign partners. During this multinational exercise, Sailors and Marines will practice their skills and train alongside our allies through a variety of evolutions.”

CG will consist of a full range of military operations to include humanitarian assistance evolutions, non-combative evacuation drills, and offensive and defensive techniques.

Nations participating in CG16 include the Kingdom of Thailand, the United States of America, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Ashland is one of three ships that comprise the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is scheduled to meet up with amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) at a later date.

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