An officer watches the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), left, conduct a vertical replenishment with the Mil

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PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 2, 2010) An officer watches the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), left, conduct a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3). Essex is the flagship for the permanently forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway for a scheduled patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class N. Ross Taylor/Released)

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 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 2, 2010) An officer watches the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), left, conduct a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3). Essex is the flagship for the permanently forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway for a scheduled patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class N. Ross Taylor/Released)