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PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 23, 2012) A Browning M2HB .50 caliber machine gun is at the ready as Sailors assigned to the forward deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) prepare to fire during a live fire exercise while underway. 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)