PACIFIC OCEAN (April 2, 2018) - Wasp-class amphibious
assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Pacific Ocean during an amphibious
squadron and Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) integration (PMINT) exercise.
PMINT is a two-week training evolution between Essex Amphibious Ready Group and
13th MEU, which allows Sailors and Marines to train as a cohesive unit in
preparation for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass
Communication Specialist Seaman Sabyn L. Marrs/Released)