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ABOARD USS ESSEX AT SEA – Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Timothy S. Frazier adjusts his radio to communicate with flight deck control as he directs an AV-8 Harrier (VMA -214) attached to the Aviation Combat Element (ACE) around the ship’s flight deck during the ACE fly on Sep. 10.  Essex embarks the ACE along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to conduct Blue-Green Workups in the vicinity of Okinawa.  The semiannual workups help blend the capabilities and techniques of the Navy/Marine Corps team into one cohesive team focusing on conducting amphibious operations in support of a wide range of contingencies, from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts, to full-scale combat operation.  Official U.S. Navy Photograph by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class (AW) Clover B. Christensen

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