EXERCISE COBRA GOLD is the largest multinational exercise within the Asia-Pacific region, led by the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTARF) and United States Pacific Command (USPACOM). It is an annual exercise that combines 7 countries, namely Thailand, the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and South Korea. The exercise is conducted on the concept of Command Post Exercise (CPX), Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) and Field Training Exercise (FTX). The goal of the exercise is to improve the ability to effectively and efficiently plan joint and multinational operations. Thus, the objectives of the exercise are as follows:
a. Train as a multi-national force.
b. Enhance cooperation among the participating countries, improve relations and further develop the ability to solve regional challenges.
c. To enhance and maintain military relations among Thailand, US, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Malaysia armed forces.
d. Improve the ability to plan and conduct combined and joint operations among the participating countries.
e. Involving participating countries in important activities (CPX / FTX / HCA) subject to the abilities of participating countries.