Nov 16, 2011

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) is seen transiting the Celebes Sea from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU and remains the United States' force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region. ::r::::n:: (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran/Released)

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