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A starboard view of the USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) battle group as it heads home from deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. The ships are, clockwise from right, USS MAHAN (DDG-42), USS CARON (DD-970), USS PETERSON (DD-969), USS FARRAGUT (DDG-37), USS MCCANDLESS (FF-1084), USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62), USS DETROIT (AOE-4) and USS GARCIA (FF-1040)


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