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170506-N-GC965-0172 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 6, 2017) Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ranching Qi, a San Francisco native, uses chains to secure white phosphorus smoke ammunition onboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). More than 1,800 Sailors and 2,600 Marines assigned to the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are currently conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California in preparation for the ARG’s deployment later this year. The America ARG is comprised of America, the amphibious dock landing ship, USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD 22). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ramon Go/Released)

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Taken on May 6, 2017