Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) aboard a landing craft utility, depart the amphibious assault

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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 1, 2011) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) aboard a landing craft utility, depart the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex and the embarked 31st MEU is operating off the coast of Kesennuma in northeastern Japan in support of Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Johnson/Released)

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 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 1, 2011) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) aboard a landing craft utility, depart the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex and the embarked 31st MEU is operating off the coast of Kesennuma in northeastern Japan in support of Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Johnson/Released)