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South China Sea (Oct. 20, 2006) - Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sails in a combined formation during an amphibious exercise with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group comprised of dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), and amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD 9). The other ships within the formation were guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) and the Philippine navy ship Artermio Ricarte (PS 37). Essex and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are in the Philippines participating in bilateral exercises, Exercise Talon Vision (TV 07) and Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX 07), with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFR). Essex is the NavyÕs only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship and is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group based in Sasebo, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael D. Kennedy (RELEASED)

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Photo Date
October 20, 2006
Mass Communication Specialist 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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