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GULF OF ADEN (Sept. 8, 2018) – Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Daquan Anderson handles a line while a landing craft utility (LCU) enters the well deck of Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) during the regularly scheduled Theater Amphibious Combat Rehearsal (TACR) exercise. Led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Expedition Brigade, TACR integrates U.S. Navy and Marine Corps assets to practice and rehearse a range of critical combat-related capabilities available to U.S. Central Command, both afloat and ashore, to promote stability and security in the region. U.S. 5th Fleet and coalition assets are participating in numerous simultaneous exercises as part of the greater Theater Counter Mine and Maritime Security Exercise to ensure maritime stability and security in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, 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)

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Photo taken on 8 September 2018 (© SurfaceWarriors / Flickr)

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