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USS Essex action

Rear Adm. Jeffrey S. Jones, director of Coalition Naval Advisory and Training Team, speaks with a resident of Oshima, to discuss the progress of disaster relief operations. Marines and sailors assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are on Oshima Island to help clear a harbor and assist with cleaning debris from roads and a local school in support of Operation Tomodachi.



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This work, USS Essex action [Image 3 of 8], by PO2 Eva Marie Ramsaran, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.04.2011

Date Posted:04.05.2011 15:37

Photo ID:386554

VIRIN:110404-N-#####-023

Resolution:2520x1800

Size:390.22 KB

Location:OSHIMA, MIYAGI, JPGlobe

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