11 Intense Photos Of The Largest Multinational Military Exercise In Southeast Asia

By Jeremy Bender 
Business Insider (Australia)

A U.S. Marine drinks the blood of a cobra during a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy as part of the ‘Cobra Gold 2014′ joint military exercise.

A U.S. Marine drinks the blood of a cobra during a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy as part of the ‘Cobra Gold 2014′ joint military exercise.

Cobra Gold, established as a military training exercise between the U.S. and Thailand in 1982, has gone on to become the largest multinational military exercise in Southeast Asia.

Although the exercises started off as bilateral exercises meant to increase ties between the United States and Thailand, Cobra Gold has morphed into a multinational exercise program. Cobra Gold 2014, completed in February, hosted the militaries of seven countries: Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and the United States.

Exercises in Cobra Gold 2014 included simulated assault scenarios, jungle survival lessons, and civic assistance programs in underdeveloped regions of Thailand.

During jungle survival exercises, Marines also eat scorpions with the Thai Navy.

During jungle survival exercises, Marines also eat scorpions with the Thai Navy.

Here a Marine kills a chicken with his teeth as part of the same exercise.

Here a Marine kills a chicken with his teeth as part of the same exercise.

A Thai Navy instructor demonstrates how to capture a cobra to U.S. Marines as part of a jungle survival exercise. Cobra blood is surprisingly hydrating and can be used as last resort if a Marine is lost in the jungle without supplies.

A Thai Navy instructor demonstrates how to capture a cobra to U.S. Marines as part of a jungle survival exercise. Cobra blood is surprisingly hydrating and can be used as last resort if a Marine is lost in the jungle without supplies.

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