Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) prepare to launch helicopters loaded with hum

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PACIFIC OCEAN (March 22, 2011) Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) prepare to launch helicopters loaded with humanitarian assistance supplies. USS Essex is off the coast of Japan providing humanitarian assistance as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

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 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 22, 2011) Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) prepare to launch helicopters loaded with humanitarian assistance supplies. USS Essex is off the coast of Japan providing humanitarian assistance as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)