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USS Makin Island conducts flight operations. | by Official U.S. Navy Imagery
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USS Makin Island conducts flight operations.

GULF OF ADEN (Feb. 12, 2017 Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jalisa Hill signals an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The ship is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer/Released) 170212-N-LI768-059

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Taken on April 8, 2016