Okinawa-based Marines join forces with Thai troops at Cobra Gold ’04

Okinawa-based Marines join forces with Thai troops at Cobra Gold '04 - Stars and Stripes, May 25, 2004
US and Royal Thai Marines — fought an imaginary enemy in an operation dubbed Ironfist — part of the Cobra Gold exercise.
Six thousand Marines are in Thailand for Cobra Gold 2004, including 4,000 from the Okinawa-based 3rd Marine Division and 2,000 from Okinawa’s 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Elements of the 3rd Marine Division’s Combat Engineers Company and Combat Assault Battalion assembled Sunday as Task Force Ironfist for the live-fire shoot at Bahn Chen Krem, deep in the jungle of southern Thailand.
The exercise involved simultaneous breaches of two minefields protected by berms and “enemy infantry” dug in on high ground behind them. The operation began with a diversionary attack by US amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) designed to distract the enemy’s attention from the mine-clearing operations...
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