CH-46E lifts off from USS Harpers Ferry
Pacific Ocean (Feb. 04, 2009) - Helicopter Control Officer Lt. Thuan Nguyen watches as a CH-46E lifts off from USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) flight deck. Harpers Ferry is en route to Exercise Cobra Gold 2009, which is an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singaporean Coalition Task Force. The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with participating nations from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and the U.S., and a U.S. Thai military field training exercise. Exercise Cobra Gold provides unique and dynamic training opportunities for participating military partners, while promoting relationship building between militaries and local communities.

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