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Luzon, Philippines (Sept. 18, 2003) -- Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) launched from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) practice at a firing range on Luzon Island, Philippines.  The Essex Amphibious Ready Group, made up of Essex, USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), Harpers Ferry and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit has been off the coast of the Philippines participating in Blue/Green Workups.  Blue/Green Workups is a bi-annual joint training exercise designed to develop joint cooperation and meld the blue/green team into one cohesive fighting force.  Conducting the exercise in the Philippine Islands also afforded the Sailors and Marines the opportunity to interact with their Filipino counterparts.  U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Wes Eplen.  (RELEASED)

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