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Philippine Sea (March 7, 2006) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) underway off the coast of Mt. Suribachi, on the island of Imo Jima. Suribachi is the historical site where Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took his photo of the famous U.S. flag raising, which later became one of the most famous photos of the 20th Century, and an inspiration to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines fighting in the Pacific during WWII. The Essex Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is participating in Balikatan 2006, an annual bilateral combined exercise with the Republic of the Philippines and U.S. military. U.S. Navy photo Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael D. Kennedy (RELEASED)

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Photo Date
March 7, 2006
Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael D. Kennedy
Caption Writer
LT Christopher Bishop, Deputy Director, NVNS
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
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