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TOKYO (Aug. 26, 2008) -- Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 63, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 Detachment Western Pacific, flies by the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), in preparation for up-coming humanitarian disaster relief exercises between the partner nations of the United States and Japan. 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. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark R. Alvarez (Released)

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Photo Date
Aug. 26, 2008
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark R. Alvarez
Caption Writer
Brigette Moritz
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
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