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Photo 150614-N-MD297-021
150614-N-MD297-021 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 14, 2015) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 lifts pallets of supplies from the flight deck of the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) during a vertical replenishment with Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr./Released)

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Photo 150616-N-FV739-121
150616-N-FV739-121 INDIAN OCEAN (June 16, 2015) Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) fast rope from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21 onto the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher A. Veloicaza/Released)

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Photo 150617-N-YK910-054
150617-N-YK910-054 INDIAN OCEAN (June 17, 2015) Sailors practice installing each other's C-2 canister filters on the MCU-2P gas mask during a chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) drill in the gym aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher B. Janik/Released)

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Photo 150617-N-FB203-020
150617-N-FB203-020 INDIAN OCEAN (June 17, 2015) Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Satyankit Upadhyayula tests emergency steering in the aft main machinery room of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean P. Gallagher/Released)

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Photo 150701-N-FV739-088
150701-N-FV739-088 GULF OF ADEN (July 1, 2015) Gunner's Mate Seaman Derek Miller communicates with the bridge during a general quarters drill as an MV-22 Osprey aircraft prepares to land on the flight deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher A. Veloicaza/Released)

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Photo 150701-N-IC565-049
150701-N-IC565-049 GULF OF ADEN (July 1, 2015) Aviation Ordanceman 3rd Class Sonia Jensen mans a .50-caliber machine gun during a general quarters drill aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)

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Photo 150707-N-IC565-026
150707-N-IC565-026 GULF OF ADEN (July 7, 2015) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Jeremy Harvey makes an entry in the aircraft move log in flight deck control aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)

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Photo 150707-N-FV739-041
150707-N-FV739-041 GULF OF ADEN (July 7, 2015) Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Eric Tims signals a vehicle out of the well-deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher A. Veloicaza/Released)

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Photo 150705-N-MD297-044
150705-N-MD297-044 GULF OF ADEN (JULY 5, 2015) An MV-22B Osprey attached to the Greyhawks of Marine Medium-lift Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) lands on the flight deck of the French amphibious assault ship BPC Dixmude (L9015) after take-off from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is embarked with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr./Released)

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Photo 150705-N-MD297-149
150705-N-MD297-149 GULF OF ADEN (JULY 5, 2015) An MH-53E Super Stallion helicopter attached to the Greyhawks of Marine Medium-lift Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) departs the French amphibious assault ship BPC Dixmude (L9015). The Essex Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr./Released)

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Photo 150710-N-SF984-002
150710-N-SF984-002 ARABIAN GULF (Jul. 10, 2015) Midshipman Cassandra Garfola and Midshipman Adrienne Wang of the United States Naval Academy participate in a field day to help clean the flight deck while on their summer cruise aboard Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47). Rushmore, part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Troy Milburn/Released)

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Photo 150717-N-IC565-011
150717-N-IC565-011 INDIAN OCEAN (Jul. 17, 2015) Newly arrived Sailors, known as the Iron Gator Division, attend training in the ship's classroom aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex, homeported in San Diego, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)

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Photo 150717-N-IC565-005
150717-N-IC565-005 INDIAN OCEAN (Jul. 17, 2015) Newly arrived Sailors, known as the Iron Gator Division, attend training in the ship's classroom aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex, homeported in San Diego, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bradley J. Gee/Released)

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Photo 150628-N-FB203-016
150628-N-FB203-016 GULF OF ADEN (Jun. 28, 2015) Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Daniel Sheley performs a song while competing in "Iron Gator's Got Talent" in the hangar bay of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex, part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean P. Gallagher/Released)

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Photo 150628-N-FB203-020
150628-N-FB203-020 GULF OF ADEN (Jun. 28, 2015) Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Daniel Sheley performs a song while competing in "Iron Gator's Got Talent" in the hangar bay of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex, part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean P. Gallagher/Released)

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Photo 150628-N-FB203-060
150628-N-FB203-060 GULF OF ADEN (Jun. 28, 2015) Operations Specialist Seaman Shana Williams performs a song while competing in "Iron Gator's Got Talent" in the hangar bay of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex, part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean P. Gallagher/Released)

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