Chiefs are pinned aboard USS Essex.

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PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 16, 2010) Chief petty officer covers await their new owners at a pinning ceremony aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).  Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is on patrol in the western Pacific participating in the joint military exercise Valiant Shield 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Ebarb/Released)

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 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 16, 2010) Chief petty officer covers await their new owners at a pinning ceremony aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is on patrol in the western Pacific participating in the joint military exercise Valiant Shield 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Ebarb/Released)