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A deck crew walks by the landing strip on the deck of the USS George Washington in the western Pacific Monday, Oct. 20, 2008. The George Washington, the crown jewel of the U.S. 7th Fleet, is a floating air base with 67 aircraft ready to fly; it is city unto itself, with a population of around 5,000; and it is an armory of mind-boggling proportion, carrying somewhere around 4 million pounds of bombs.

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