Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Cobra Gold is the largest military exercise held in Asia or the Pacific. It is a joint exercise of the United States and Thailand, and began in 1982. Both countries invite other nations to observe the exercise, which lasts two weeks and ends with a live-fire invasion of a beach. Several observer nations usually include Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.
In 2000, the U.S. and Thailand allowed Singapore to participate in the exercise. Other participants added since include Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea.
This is an image of the live-fire beach portion. It's stunning.
You'd never see that in a movie!