Joint military exercises involving 6 Asian nations and the United States are in full swing in Thailand, with a focus on humanitarian assistance.
A total of 11,000 troops from the US, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia are taking part in the annual Cobra Gold military drills.
First launched in 1982 and now one of the largest joint exercises in Asia, Cobra Gold was opened to media on Saturday in Chonburi Province, central Thailand.
Training focused on evacuating residents to safety by helicopter and hovercraft in an armed conflict or natural disaster.
Participating nations hope to strengthen their coordination in carrying out international peacekeeping operations and disaster relief.
This year's exercise began on February 7th and will run through the 18th.
Sun, 13 Feb 2011 05:42:00 +0900(JST)