Description 'Sea of Japan, March 18, 2011 - Aviation boatswains mates remove chocks and chains from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter as it prepares to take off from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex, the amphibious dock landing ships USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) and USS Germantown (LSD-42), are off the coast of Akita Prefecture, Japan, in support of Operation Tomodachi.'
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