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Marine Corps Humvees roll onto the high-speed vessel Westpac Express at the Kin Red pier near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, on Monday. Marines and sailors have been leaving Okinawa since last weekend for the upcoming Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand.

Marine Corps Humvees roll onto the high-speed vessel Westpac Express at the Kin Red pier near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, on Monday. Marines and sailors have been leaving Okinawa since last weekend for the upcoming Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand. (Fred Zimmerman / S&S)

Marine Corps Humvees roll onto the high-speed vessel Westpac Express at the Kin Red pier near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, on Monday. Marines and sailors have been leaving Okinawa since last weekend for the upcoming Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand.

Marine Corps Humvees roll onto the high-speed vessel Westpac Express at the Kin Red pier near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, on Monday. Marines and sailors have been leaving Okinawa since last weekend for the upcoming Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand. (Fred Zimmerman / S&S)

Marines from Kilo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines walk up the ramp of the high-speed vessel Westpac Express at the Kin Red pier near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, on Monday.

Marines from Kilo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines walk up the ramp of the high-speed vessel Westpac Express at the Kin Red pier near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, on Monday. (Fred Zimmerman / S&S)

A heavy-duty forklift moves a shipping container filled with supplies onto the high-speed vessel Westpac Express at the Kin Red pier near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, on Monday.

A heavy-duty forklift moves a shipping container filled with supplies onto the high-speed vessel Westpac Express at the Kin Red pier near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, on Monday. (Fred Zimmerman / S&S)

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa — A steady stream of Marines and sailors began leaving Okinawa for Thailand earlier this week for the upcoming multilateral training exercise Cobra Gold.

This is the 25th anniversary of the exercise, according to a late-April Pacific Command statement, and will include participants from the United States, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and Indonesia. The training runs May 15-26.

This year’s Cobra Gold training highlights include a computer-simulated staff exercise, field training exercises, numerous humanitarian and civic assistance projects and exercise-related construction projects, according to Marine officials.

The Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit began its journey last weekend at White Beach Naval Facility, according to Marine Capt. Burrell Parmer, 31st MEU spokesman. There they boarded ships from the Sasebo-based Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group to travel to Thailand.

On Monday, more than 175 troops from Kilo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, went aboard the high-speed vessel Westpac Express at the Kin Red pier near Camp Hansen. The artillery Marines, from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., are on Okinawa under the six-month Unit Deployment Program. They left without their cannons, though, because they are going to take part in jungle-warfare and small-arms training, said Capt. Josh Chartier, battery commander.

“This is an opportunity for us to see how other infantries train and build relationships with other marines around the world,” he said. “But I think the jungle warfare training should be a fun opportunity for us … and the live-fire training — small arms and crew-served weapons.”

Chartier said the unit will take part in the exercise somewhere in southeast Thailand. Also going, he added: Hawaii-based Combat Logistics Platoon 3, which will provide maintenance support and engineer site improvements.

The MEU and ARG, which are under the command of Commander, Task Force 76, will train beside their Thai counterparts, Parmer said. That includes planning and executing numerous ship-to-shore raids; a noncombatant evacuation operation; night-vision-goggle training; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training; U.S. Marine battle skills training, and Thai jungle training.

Parmer said the MEU also would take part in several community service projects to improve the quality of life and general health of residents in the exercise areas.

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