Marines watch the USS Iwo Jima off the coast of Onslow Beach in Camp Lejeune, NC, as Marines and sailors conduct ship-to-shore operations, Dec. 18, 2012. About 2,300 Marines and sailors returned home after being deployed for nine months as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. (US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)

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