030918-N-0401E-007 Luzon, Philippines (Sept. 18, 2003) -- USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) cruises off the coast of the Philippines as Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) wait to transport personnel and equipment back to the ship. AAV's move from ship to shore, capable of 8 to 10 knots in the water and over 45 mph on land carrying either personnel or support equipment, in addition to having a 50-caliber machine gun and a grenade launcher for armament. Harpers Ferry is part of the USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Readiness Group with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is participating in Blue/Gre
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