CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters take off from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) with humanitarian ass

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PACIFIC OCEAN (March 21, 2011) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters take off from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) with humanitarian assistance supplies in support of Operation Tomodachi. Essex and ships in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility are operating off the coast of Hachinohe in northeastern Japan supporting Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam M. Bennett/Released)

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 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 21, 2011) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters take off from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) with humanitarian assistance supplies in support of Operation Tomodachi. Essex and ships in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility are operating off the coast of Hachinohe in northeastern Japan supporting Operation Tomodachi. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam M. Bennett/Released)