Vietnam joins Cobra Gold military exercise as observer

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Military officers joining the Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand on February 9. Photo credit: Dan Tri Military officers joining the Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand on February 9. Photo credit: Dan Tri

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Vietnam has sent army personnel to join the Cobra Gold military exercise being held Thailand – Southeast Asia’s biggest drill.
The 35th annual military exercise was launched Tuesday in Chonburi Province with 27 participating countries and a total of 8,564 military personnel.
Seven countries joining full exercises include the US, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia.
Host Thailand sent 4,286 officers to the event, the largest number among the participating countries, followed by the US with 3,288 officers.
Nine countries joined the drill as observers, including Vietnam, Laos, Chile, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brunei, the Netherlands and UAE.
The nations invited to be part of the Multinational Planning Augmentation Team include Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and the Philippines.
Two other countries -- China and India -- will join the extra session for providing humanitarian and disaster assistance.
The objective of the multinational exercise is to foster militarily ties among the countries involved, enhance the capacity in the joint military operation and practice guidelines for multinational forces, according to The Bangkok Post.
The military exercise will conclude on February 19.

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