PACIFIC OCEAN (July 9, 2010) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) for a maritime security exercise during the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (US Navy photo by Lt. Ed Early/Released)

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