The armed forces of the United States and Thailand will conduct the 18th exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand from May 12-25, 1999. Cobra Gold 99 is a regularly-scheduled joint/combined exercise and is the latest in the continuing series of U.S./Thai military exercises designed to ensure regional peace and strengthen the ability of the Royal Thai armed forces to defend Thailand.
Cobra Gold 99 is one of the largest exercises involving U.S. forces in the U.S. Pacific Command this year. 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 assist the people of Thailand through combined Thai/U.S. medical and civil affairs projects.
Approximately 12,000 U.S. forces will participate, including elements of U.S. Army Pacific; U.S. Marine Forces Pacific; U.S. Pacific Air Forces; U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Special Operations Command Pacific, as well as Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and reserve elements from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Participating Thai forces will number approximately 12,000 and will include elements of the Royal Thai army, navy, marine corps and air force.