4000 US soldiers expected in Pattaya for Cobra Gold next month

191008-N-ZQ712-1637 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 8, 2019) Thirteen U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), and two Marine Medium Tilt-Rotor Squadron (VMM-166) are staged aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America is at sea conducting routine operations in the eastern Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chad Swysgood/Released)

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The American Embassy has begun preparing for the 2020 edition of the Cobra Gold military exercise by reviewing security measures protecting the 4,000 sailors expected to arrive in Pattaya next month.

Mayoral secretary Phumpipat Kamolnart and City Manager Teerasak Jatupong briefed Moss on city hall, Tourist Police and Pattaya Police deployments and led him on a tour of Pattaya’s CCTV operations center and the 1337 Call Center.

Cobra Gold takes place for the 39th year from February 24 to March 6 with 4,000 U.S. personnel, three navy ships and one commercial vessel.

The visit will include substantial charity work, including visits to Father Ray and the child protection center as well as general work in the local community.

The Pattaya News notes that in recent visits shore leave and liberty for the soldiers has been greatly restricted and it is heavily possible due to concerns about the Wuhan Coronavirus that the soldiers will not be given freedom to “hit the town” so to speak on the visit.

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