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Sailor cuts an oxygen bottle aboard the USS Essex.
GULF OF OMAN (Dec. 12, 2018) Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Zachary Yenco cuts an oxygen bottle aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The Essex ARG/13th MEU is a flexible and persistent Navy-Marine Corps team deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Owen/Released)181212-N-RY670-1105