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ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 11, 2018) Sailors and Marines embarked aboard Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) participate in a working party to remove trash from the ship during a 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 Reymundo A. Villegas III/RELEASED)

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Photo taken on 11 January 2019 (© SurfaceWarriors / Flickr)

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