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SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 13, 2009) -- A CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter assigned to the Air Combat Element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) as a landing craft utility vehicle approaches to enter the well deck. Essex is participating in Balikatan 2009, an annual combined, joint-bilateral exercise involving U.S. Military and Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel as well as subject matter experts from Philippine Civil Defense Agencies. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark R. Alvarez (Released)

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Photo Date
April 13, 2009
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark R. Alvarez
Caption Writer
Oscar Sosa
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
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