Taking part in the ‚2012 Cobra Gold Exercise,‘ a multinational combined exercise, which is focused on humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions, the Korean marine ‚Cobra Gold Exercise Group‘ helped the Korean military force display its excellent ability to carry out combined operations on Feb. 10 through a massive combined landing drill.
The troops participating in the exercise conducted off the coast of Hat Yao, Thailand, were comprised of a Korean battalion, a U.S. marine regiment, and a Thai marine squadron and each unit’s landing boats and amphibious assault armored vehicles.
The exercise began with the U.S. marine FA-18 fighter aircraft’s air bombardment of a simulated enemy range. The Korean marine search team stole into a coast to clear the shore obstacles for the combined landing teams to come alongside the coast. Meanwhile, the Thai search team conducted high-altitude infiltration, using parachutes, into the enemy’s rear area.
The exercise was followed immediately by the „decisive action“ in which a combined force, consisting of the Korean, the U.S. and the Thai marine teams, simultaneously landed the same coast with each team divided into two waves.
Shortly after the multinational landing group’s armored amphibious vehicles landed the coast laying down smoke screen, the artillery-armored landing craft came alongside the shore one after another. Upon landing, the combined exercise team quickly moved into the enemy area to seize the target and secure a bridgehead, which brought the exercise to an end.
Through their participation in the three-dimensional landing drill that resembled closely real warfare, the exercise teams had a good chance to share their own tactics and warfighting skills with each other. Furthermore, they came to reconfirm how to use efficiently artillery and equipment mutually and to achieve excellent results in terms of maximizing jointness, integration, and simultaneity in military operations training.
“We took this landing exercise as a good opportunity to help us improve our joint operations capabilities among our allies,” said Lt. Col. Choi Min-oh, head of the Korean exercise team. “The exercise also served as a chance for us to demonstrate our ability to execute long-distance and amphibious operations.”
Completing the exercise, the landing group moved to another training area where they conducted various military activities until Feb. 17, which included live fire exercise, search, reconnaissance, and survivability training in the jungles, and ground force’s field tactical exercise.
The Korean marine exercise group dispatched 14 officers to Sattahip and U-Tapao to let them participate in the multinational combined staff group’s command post exercise, which had been carried out there. The exercise was designed for the trainees to inspect multinational military activities and practice all the procedures to end conflicts.
Ministry of National Defense[MND], Republic of Korea