India In 'Cobra Gold Exercise'

For the first time, India has participated in the Cobra Gold 2016 multilateral amphibious exercise hosted by Thailand after 12 member Indian Army delegations joined it. In this edition of multilateral exercise, India has accorded as an observer plus status keeping in view its increasing regional operability. Decision regarding India’s participation was earlier conveyed to Thailand during Vice President Hamid Ansari’s visit to the country.

Key facts

  • Cobra Gold 2016 is 35th edition of multilateral exercise in which 35 countries have participated and its main theme is humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
  • In the 10 day exercise (from 9 to 19 February), over 8564 personnel are participating from countries like Indonesia, US, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and others.

About Cobra Gold multilateral exercise

  • Cobra Gold multilateral amphibious exercise is the largest Asia-Pacific military exercise held annually in Thailand.
  • It was first held in 1982 in order to improve relations and coordination between the armed forces of Thailand and US in both humanitarian and hostile military efforts.
  • A 12-member team of the Indian Army had participated in the “Cobra Gold” multilateral exercise along with counterparts from China and Pakistan.
  • The exercise was proven effective in improving coordinated military response during numerous natural disasters including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, 2011 Tōhoku tsunami and aftermath 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines.
  • Cobra Gold 2016, the 35th version of the military exercise, brought together more than two dozen nations to address regional and global security challenges and to promote international cooperation and stability within the region.

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