Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) in combat rubber raiding craft disembark the amphibious assault ship

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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 9, 2010) Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) in combat rubber raiding craft disembark the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith/Released)

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 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 9, 2010) Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) in combat rubber raiding craft disembark the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith/Released)