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U.S. Navy Sailor Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Turla, an airman with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, launches an F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex, September 3, 2018. 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 and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.
180903-M-LQ865-1105.JPG Photo By: Lance Cpl. A. J. Van Fredenberg

Sep 5, 2018
AT SEA, Indian Ocean - U.S. Navy Sailor Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Turla, an airman with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, launches an F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex, September 3, 2018. 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 and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points.


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