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KOREA STRAIT (March 30, 2023) Command Master Chief Lucas Jenkins eats dinner with Republic of Korea (ROK) liaison officers currently embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during Exercise Ssang Yong 2023 (SY23), March 30, 2023. SY23 is a U.S./ROK joint landing drill to strengthen the alliance's combat readiness, ensure tailored capabilities for defense, and improve interoperability to protect peace by strength. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of Makin Island and amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26), is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready-response force to defend peace and maintain stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Martinez)

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