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Capt. Mark Melson, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), and executive officer Cmdr. David M. Oden inspect the hull of the ship in a floating dry dock at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company.
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SAN DIEGO (Aug. 24, 2017) Capt. Mark Melson, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), and executive officer Cmdr. David M. Oden inspect the hull of the ship in a floating dry dock at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), Aug. 25, 2017. The depot-level planned maintenance availability (DPMA) will last 14 months and will outfit the ship with the latest war fighting capabilities. The DPMA period marks the first time the ship has been raised from the water since its christening in 2006. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mathew Diendorf/Released)

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