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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 243-98
May 15, 1998

COBRA GOLD '98

The armed forces of the United States and Thailand will conduct its 17th annual Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand from May 19 to June 1, 1998. Cobra Gold is one of the largest exercises involving U.S. forces in the Pacific Command this year. Cobra Gold 98 is the latest in the continuing series of U.S.-Thailand military exercises designed to ensure regional peace through the U.S. Pacific Command's strategy of cooperation with friends and allies, and to strengthen the ability of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to defend Thailand.

As in all previous Cobra Gold exercises, this exercise will include joint-combined land and air operations, combined naval operations, amphibious operations, and special operations. The exercise will also provide constructive benefits to the people of Thailand through combined U.S.-Thailand medical and civil affairs projects.

Participating U.S. forces will total approximately 10,600 and will include elements of U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Special Operations Command Pacific, Air Mobility Command, Military Sealift Command, and reserve elements from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

Participating Thai forces will number approximately 6,250 and will include elements of the Royal Thai army, navy, marine corps, and air force.

For additional information regarding exercise Cobra Gold 98, contact Maj. Carol McBride, U.S. Pacific Command, Hawaii, (808) 477-6376, or 1st Lt. Aisha Bakkar-Poe and Gunnery Sgt. Biggs, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan, 011 81 611 745-7421.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Cobra Gold 98 is routine in nature and has been scheduled for some time. Similar joint-combined exercises have been conducted in Thailand in recent years. This is the 17th in the Cobra Gold series.