PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 21, 2011) A UH-1Y Huey helicopter assigned to the Red Dragons of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 268 takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during flight operations. Makin Island is the flagship for Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5 and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) and is underway for PHIBRON-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT) in preparation for the ship’s first operational deployment. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg/Released)

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