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Sailors man the rails while pulling into Naval Base San Diego aboard the USS Essex on Dec. 15, 2015. Essex, the flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, was returning from a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and global maritime security.

Sailors man the rails while pulling into Naval Base San Diego aboard the USS Essex on Dec. 15, 2015. Essex, the flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, was returning from a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and global maritime security. (Liam N. Kennedy/U.S. Navy)

Sailors man the rails while pulling into Naval Base San Diego aboard the USS Essex on Dec. 15, 2015. Essex, the flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, was returning from a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and global maritime security.

Sailors man the rails while pulling into Naval Base San Diego aboard the USS Essex on Dec. 15, 2015. Essex, the flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, was returning from a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and global maritime security. (Liam N. Kennedy/U.S. Navy)

Cmdr. James Schmitt, executive officer of Naval Air Facility Misawa, pounds steamed rice with a traditional wooden mallet during the Japan Self-Defense Force Annual Mochi Pounding Ceremony at Misawa Air Base Dec. 15, 2015. Mochi pounding ceremonies are held to mark many holidays and special occasions in Japan.

Cmdr. James Schmitt, executive officer of Naval Air Facility Misawa, pounds steamed rice with a traditional wooden mallet during the Japan Self-Defense Force Annual Mochi Pounding Ceremony at Misawa Air Base Dec. 15, 2015. Mochi pounding ceremonies are held to mark many holidays and special occasions in Japan. (Ryan C. Delcore/U.S. Navy)

Navy Safety Daiquan Thomasson makes the game-clinching interception in the 116th Army-Navy game, Dec. 12, 2015. Navy won the game, 21-17.

Navy Safety Daiquan Thomasson makes the game-clinching interception in the 116th Army-Navy game, Dec. 12, 2015. Navy won the game, 21-17. (Donald R. White Jr./U.S. Navy)

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tilt Squadron 166 launches from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in support of a long-range raid exercise Dec. 12, 2015.

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tilt Squadron 166 launches from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in support of a long-range raid exercise Dec. 12, 2015. (Eric C. Burgett/U.S. Navy)

Holiday wreaths adorn the gravestones of servicemembers at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu following a holiday wreath-laying ceremony, Dec. 12, 2015.

Holiday wreaths adorn the gravestones of servicemembers at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu following a holiday wreath-laying ceremony, Dec. 12, 2015. (Jeff Troutman/U.S. Navy)

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds carries the ball against the Army Black Knights during the Army-Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field, in Philadelphia Dec. 12, 2015.

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds carries the ball against the Army Black Knights during the Army-Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field, in Philadelphia Dec. 12, 2015. (Damon J. Moritz/U.S. Navy)

Midshipmen react to winning the 116th Army-Navy game 21-17 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Dec. 12, 2015.

Midshipmen react to winning the 116th Army-Navy game 21-17 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Dec. 12, 2015. (Damon J. Moritz/U.S. Navy)

Ensign Carl Segerstrom hugs his son after his return to Norfolk from an eight-month deployment aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul on Dec. 14, 2015.

Ensign Carl Segerstrom hugs his son after his return to Norfolk from an eight-month deployment aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul on Dec. 14, 2015. (Jessica Kellogg/U.S. Navy)

Capt. Brian Quin, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, takes a selfie with family of crew members who came aboard for a short duration at the end of a deployment on Dec. 14, 2015.

Capt. Brian Quin, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, takes a selfie with family of crew members who came aboard for a short duration at the end of a deployment on Dec. 14, 2015. (Jason M. Graham/U.S. Navy)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 launches from the flight deck the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Dec. 14, 2015.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Gunslingers of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 launches from the flight deck the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Dec. 14, 2015. (Anderson W. Branch/U.S. Navy)

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