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120920-N-TX154-336 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 06, 2012) The forward deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) fires Standard Missiles (SM) 2 at an airborne drone during a live fire weapons shoot. Cowpens is part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, the US Navy’s only forward deployed carrier strike group based out of Yokosuka, Japan and is currently conducting a routine Western Pacific patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/ Released)