Petty Officer 2nd Class Rodney Cook tracks surface radar contacts.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Rodney Cook tracks surface radar contacts in the Combat Information Center of the USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) while underway in the Pacific Ocean on July 15, 2005. The guided missile cruiser, along with naval and coast guard units from Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Panama, are participating in UNITAS 46-05. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command sponsors the exercise with the objective of increasing interoperability and to foster cooperation among naval forces in the region. During the two-week exercise, participating forces will have the opportunity to practice and test their skills in areas such as anti-submarine warfare, air defense, maritime interdiction operations and surface gunnery. Cook is a Navy operations specialist.