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A Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey is prepared for takeoff while aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

A Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey is prepared for takeoff while aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

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ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 5, 2019) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Bryan Sanchez, assigned to the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), prepares a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 (Reinforced), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), for takeoff while aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Jan. 5, 2019. The Essex is the flagship for the Essex ARG and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Francisco J. Diaz Jr./Released)

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Photo taken on 7 January 2019 (© Official U.S. Navy Imagery / Flickr)

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