A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion lands on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during operations in the Philippine Sea, Feb. 4. (U.S. Navy/MC2 William Sykes)

BANGKOK - Thailand and the United States will co-host the 37th iteration of the annual theater security cooperation event exercise Cobra Gold at various locations throughout the Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 13-23, 2018.

Cobra Gold is one of the largest theater security cooperation exercises in the Indo-Pacific region and is an integral part of the U.S. commitment to strengthen engagement in the region.

Similar to last year, Cobra Gold 18 includes coordination on civic action such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in an effort to expand regional cooperation and collaboration in these vital areas.

CG18 will improve the capabilities of participating nations to plan and conduct combined and joint operations; build relationships among participating nations across the region; and improve interoperability over a range of activities, including enhancing maritime security and responding to large-scale natural disasters.

This year’s exercise will consist of three primary events: a (CPX); humanitarian civic assistance projects, which includes a HADR TTX, HADR senior leader symposium, and health symposium; and a field training exercise, which includes a variety of training events to enhance interoperability and strengthen regional relationships.

There will be up to 30 nations either directly participating in or observing CG18, with approximately 6,800 U.S. personnel directly participating both ashore and afloat.