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Sasebo, Japan (Feb. 5, 2007) -- An AV-8B Harrier conducts a vertical landing aboard amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship and is the flagship for the Sasebo, Japan-based Essex Expeditionary Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Corey Truax (RELEASED)

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Photo description

Photo Date
February 5, 2007
Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Corey Truax
Caption Writer
LT Christopher Bishop, Deputy Director, NVNS
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
Primary Equipment
Other Visible Equipment
Not available
Plane Number
Not available
Sasebo, Japan
Tail Code
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View from water level astern, AV-8B Harrier landing vertically on flight deck, well deck stern gate doors open, ship ballasted down, LCU inside well deck