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GULF OF ADEN (Sept. 11, 2018) Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Ian Adams and Boatswain’s Mates 3rd Class Rodolfo Gonzalez transport cargo during a connected replenishment on board Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), while on a regularly scheduled deployment of Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The Essex ARG/13th MEU is a lethal, flexible, and persistent Navy-Marine Corps team deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations 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 September 2018 (© SurfaceWarriors / Flickr)

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