Sailors man the rails aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

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SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 14, 2010) Sailors man the rails aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) as the ship returns to Sasebo after a three-month patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Johnson/Released)

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 SASEBO, Japan (Dec. 14, 2010) Sailors man the rails aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) as the ship returns to Sasebo after a three-month patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Johnson/Released)