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An MV-22B Osprey from the Greyhawks of Marine Medium-lift Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 takes off from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting an amphibious squadron and Marine expeditionary unit  integration training exercise with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) in preparation for an upcoming deployment.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean P. Gallagher (Released)  150228-N-FB203-104

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An MV-22B Osprey from the Greyhawks of Marine Medium-lift Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 takes off from the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting an amphibious squadron and Marine expeditionary unit integration training exercise with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean P. Gallagher (Released) 150228-N-FB203-104

A Landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 departs the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting a PHIBRON/MEU Integration training exercise with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) in preparation for an upcoming deployment.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher B. Janik (Released)  150301-N-YK910-003

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A Landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 departs the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting a PHIBRON/MEU Integration training exercise with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher B. Janik (Released) 150301-N-YK910-003

Boatswain's Mate Seaman Sam Simeon searches the night sky for possible air contacts while standing lookout watch aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting an amphibious squadron and Marine expeditionary unit integration training exercise with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in preparation for an upcoming deployment.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean P. Gallagher (Released)  150302-N-FB203-055

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Boatswain's Mate Seaman Sam Simeon searches the night sky for possible air contacts while standing lookout watch aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting an amphibious squadron and Marine expeditionary unit integration training exercise with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean P. Gallagher (Released) 150302-N-FB203-055

A contemporary Protestant worship band plays during a service in the chapel of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting a PHIBRON/MEU Integration training exercise with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) in preparation for an upcoming deployment.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean P. Gallagher (Released)  150301-N-FB203-078

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A contemporary Protestant worship band plays during a service in the chapel of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is underway conducting a PHIBRON/MEU Integration training exercise with Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3 and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean P. Gallagher (Released) 150301-N-FB203-078

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The First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) offered Sailors Basic Military Requirements (BMR) training while underway in early March to help prepare them for the Navy-wide advancement exam.

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