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OKINAWA, Japan (June 20, 2008) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) is guided by a tugboat into White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa to offload the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit after a successful spring patrol. Essex is the lead ship of the only forward deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward deployed amphibious force commander. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with a detachment in Sasebo, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Denver Applehans (Released)

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Photo Date
June 20, 2008
Lt. Denver Applehans
Caption Writer
Oscar Sosa
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
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