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120920-N-SF704-226 WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 20, 2012) Operating to ensure security and stability in the vital Asia-Pacific region, two of the U.S. Navy’s 11 global force aircraft carriers conducted readiness operations at the conclusion of exercise Valiant Shield. Forward-deployed to Japan, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), left, the Bremerton, Washington-based aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), right, along with the San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) exercised surface and anti-submarine training events as well as integrated flight operations in order to respond quickly to any future crises in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Pittman)

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Taken on September 20, 2012