Thursday, February 16, 2012

US Marines, ROK Seals, and Royal Thai Special Forces Train

These types of joint training exercises should be expected as par for the course. However, with some perception of things heating up in the South China Sea and the increased emphasis on US Marines moving back to their amphibious roots, it seems there is a bit of animosity that this is taking place down in Thailand. Cobra Gold is a joint effort among several select Asian-Pacific nations combining multiple training events. Of course some nations like China and North Korea may be unhappy that they were not invited to the party.

In this particular exercise U.S. Marines from the 31st MEU give instruction to Republic of Korea Navy Seals and Royal Thai Marine Special Forces. There is certainly a variety of camo between the different forces, but you can see that the ROK SEALS are sticking with their MultiCam uniforms. While the Thai Marines have a mix of pixelated woodland, some tiger stripe variant, along with some 5.11 camo glove action in the mix. All we know is we don't want to be on the receiving end of those rifles hoping for a miss. 

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