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ABOARD USS ESSEX, off the coast of Japan – An aircraft handler signals to launch to an AV-8B Harrier from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's Fixed Wing Fighter Attack Squadron 311 Tomcats during Deck Landing Qualifications Oct 11.  Essex is participating in Blue-Greens Workups, which is a semiannual joint exercise between the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.  The exercise provides the Blue-Green team an opportunity to familiarize the individual units with each other’s procedures, enabling all the ships and units to operate as one cohesive unit.  (U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class (AW) Bryan W. Taylor)

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