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Sailors signal for a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter to take off from USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26).
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GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 13, 2019) U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate Seaman Anthony Malacane, right, from Auburndale, Fla., supports U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class James Ling, from Gun Barrel City, Texas, as a CH-53E Super Stallion, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), takes off from the amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26). John P. Murtha is currently on its first deployment and part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit team and is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operation in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kyle Carlstrom/Released)

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