Marines launch reconnaissance craft for training aboard USS Essex.

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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sept. 9, 2010) Marines assigned to Amphibious Reconnaissance and Force Reconnaissance Platoons of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), launch a combat rubber reconnaissance craft from the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a launch and recovery training exercise. Essex is preparing for the PHIBLEX 2011 exercise between the U.S. and Republic of the Philippines. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christian Acevedo/Released)

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 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sept. 9, 2010) Marines assigned to Amphibious Reconnaissance and Force Reconnaissance Platoons of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), launch a combat rubber reconnaissance craft from the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a launch and recovery training exercise. Essex is preparing for the PHIBLEX 2011 exercise between the U.S. and Republic of the Philippines. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christian Acevedo/Released)