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At sea aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) Sep. 24, 2002 -- U.S. Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), take aim at their targets on the aft aircraft elevator of the Essex. The Marines are conducting shooting exercises while embarked aboard Essex to maintain their marksmanship and to be prepared for any possible amphibious mission. Essex is underway, with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participating in a Special Operations Capable Exercise (SOCEX). SOCEX is designed to certify that Special Operations Capable Teams, are capable of executing several diverse missions, from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts, to full-scale combat operation. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Gary B. Granger. (RELEASED)

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