USS Essex (LHD 2) transits in formation with JS Hyuga (DDH 181).

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 6, 2011) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), left, transits in formation with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Hyuga (DDH 181). Essex and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) is operating off the coast of Kesenuma in support of Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark R. Alvarez/Released)

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 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 6, 2011) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), left, transits in formation with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Hyuga (DDH 181). Essex and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) is operating off the coast of Kesenuma in support of Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark R. Alvarez/Released)