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'Maintenance issue' forces USS Essex back to port en route to exercise

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 8, 2011

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — A “maintenance issue” forced the USS Essex back into port Thursday, meaning the ship, its crew and some members of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit won’t be off the coast of Australia when Talisman Sabre 2011 kicks off Monday, Navy officials said Friday.

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