Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Chris Pierce mans the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

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SASEBO, Japan (April 14, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Chris Pierce mans the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) pulls into Fleet Activities Sasebo. Essex is returning to Sasebo after completing a three-month patrol of the western Pacific Ocean, which included disaster relief operations in Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Johnson/Released)

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 SASEBO, Japan (April 14, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Chris Pierce mans the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) pulls into Fleet Activities Sasebo. Essex is returning to Sasebo after completing a three-month patrol of the western Pacific Ocean, which included disaster relief operations in Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Johnson/Released)