Photo Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Geronimo Aquino
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 03, 2009) - Engineman 3rd Class Kenneth Fechtner from Sparta, Wis., aboard forward deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) drains fuel from graduated cylinder for testing in determining the volume percent of anti-icing additive to ensure safe and clean delivery of fuel for equipments. Tortuga is en route to support Cobra Gold 09 (CG09). CG09 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 CG provides unique and dynamic training opportunities for participating military partners, while promoting relationship building between militaries and local communities.