Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) fast rope from a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter onto the USNS Ala

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PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 18, 2010) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) fast rope from a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter onto the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise. Essex is on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean and is part of the permanently forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group participating in Valiant Shield 2010, an integrated joint-training exercise designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin/Released)

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 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 18, 2010) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) fast rope from a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter onto the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise. Essex is on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean and is part of the permanently forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group participating in Valiant Shield 2010, an integrated joint-training exercise designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin/Released)