USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41)

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Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps! We are proud to serve alongside you in our Nation's premier fighting forc...
11/10/2020

Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps! We are proud to serve alongside you in our Nation's premier fighting force; the Navy and Marine Corps Team.

Here are Marines onboard USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41), operating alongside our Sailors off the coast of Liberia during Operation Sharp Edge from 1990 to 1991. In place to provide support for the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, evacuating civilians caught in that country's civil war. Whidbey Island remains war fighting ready in Virginia Beach, VA while homeported at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story to team with the Marine Corps when the nation calls. (U.S. Navy photos by Logistics Specialist 1st Class Tremain Pruitt and Journalist 2nd Class William Davis III/ 10 November, 2020)

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) says farewell to CDR Dana Potak; now former Executive Officer. Showering him with gifts on h...
11/06/2020

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) says farewell to CDR Dana Potak; now former Executive Officer. Showering him with gifts on his departure, wishing him fair winds and following seas.

Also, congratulations to newly promoted Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Warren Walston! (U.S. Navy photos by Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Phuc Trinh/6 November, 2020)

When there’s an emergency, sailors have to be their own first responders. General Quarters is an announcement to inform ...
11/04/2020

When there’s an emergency, sailors have to be their own first responders. General Quarters is an announcement to inform all sailors onboard to prepare for battle, or an immanent threat. Here is the USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) with all hands on deck in a General Quarters exercise, saving their ship from fire and flood after multiple inbound missile hits. (U.S. Navy photos by Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Phuc Trinh/3 November, 2020)

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) with some early Halloween fun! Check out these creepy p-ways , well dressed sailors and a Ha...
10/30/2020

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) with some early Halloween fun! Check out these creepy p-ways , well dressed sailors and a Halloween Door Contest that would scare the boots off anyone! First place went to Repair Division with Admin as well as Operations Information/Technician Division in a tie for runner-up! (U.S. Navy photos by Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Kristen Roberts and Command Master Chief Matt Lootens / 30 October, 2020)

10/13/2020

Happy Birthday! 13 October 2020 will mark the Navy's 245th Birthday. The central theme of this year's 245th birthday and heritage week will be "Victory at Sea,"

(U.S. Navy video by Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Phuc Trinh/13 October, 2020)

10/13/2020
HBD U.S. Navy!

Happy 245th Birthday from Quarter Master 3rd Class Madison Winstanley!

(U.S. Navy photo by Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Phuc Trinh/13 October, 2020)

10/13/2020
HBD U.S. NAVY

In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized official recognition of 13 October as the birthday of the U.S. Navy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE U.S. NAVY!!!

U.S. Navy video by Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Phuc Trinh and Seaman Lowry/ 13 October, 2020)

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) welcomes CDR Kristel O’Canas as she takes command on 10 September, 2020. USS Whidbey Island ...
09/14/2020

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) welcomes CDR Kristel O’Canas as she takes command on 10 September, 2020. USS Whidbey Island is homeported at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo by Seamen Austin Lowry /14 September, 2020)

09/05/2020
Army and Navy teaming together is a beautiful sight to see!Whidbey Island conducted Deck Landing Qualifications with the...
09/05/2020

Army and Navy teaming together is a beautiful sight to see!
Whidbey Island conducted Deck Landing Qualifications with the “Desert Knights” (1 AD Combat Aviation Brigade 2-501 GSAB); September 2, 2020. (U.S. Navy photos by PS3 Phuc Trinh)

07/23/2020

Congratulations to the following Sailors on their advancement:

CS3 (SEL) AGAO, LEO
CS3 (SEL) ANGLADE, PETER
FC2 (SEL) BAUGH, KRISTOPHER
EN3 (SEL) FITZGERALD, JOSHUA
LS3 (SEL) HURD, BRANDIE
EN3 (SEL) MALLARI, CHARMAINE
GM3 (SEL) MARTINEZ, JOSELYN
IC3 (SEL) PATRICK, SKYLAH
GM2 (SEL) BOOTH, SKYLER
ET2 (SEL) CARROLL, CHRISTOPHER
QM2 (SEL) GROARK, PATRICK
IC3 (SEL) RODRIGUEZMARTINEZ, ZEUS
OS3 (SEL) TEAL, CHRISTOPHER
PS3 (SEL) TRINH, PHUC
EN3 (SEL) WAGNER, GAVIN
FC2 (SEL) MICHACA, ISAAC
EN2 (SEL) MOORE, MATTHEW
CS2 (SEL) PESQUIRA, GILONBRYLLE
HT2 (SEL) PRICE, DOUGLAS
EN2 (SEL) REMEKIE, LINELL
FC2 (SEL) SWINN, MASON
FC2 (SEL) URESTI, MATTHEW
FC1 (SEL) GREGORY, DAVID
FC1 (SEL) HOUSER, ZACHARY

06/22/2020
Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all of our Whidbey Island Dads! Check out a quick greeting from Command Master Chief Matthew Lootens our newest member of the Triad!

The USS Whidbey Island and Coast Guard conducted a joint operation in response to a medical emergency at sea. Check it o...
06/20/2020
Imagery available: Coast Guard, Navy medevac woman near Cape Lookout, North Carolina

The USS Whidbey Island and Coast Guard conducted a joint operation in response to a medical emergency at sea. Check it out!

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CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. — The Coast Guard and the Navy conducted a joint medical evacuation of a 20-year-old woman who fell aboard a recreational vessel approximately 20 miles south of Cape Lookout, Thursday morning.

Check out this Blue-Green team integration!Whidbey Island conducted training to load Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs) ...
06/19/2020

Check out this Blue-Green team integration!

Whidbey Island conducted training to load Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs) while underway, June 18.

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) is underway, conducting Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) operations as part of the ship's A...
06/17/2020

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) is underway, conducting Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) operations as part of the ship's Amphibious Warfare certification process! (U.S. Navy photos by Seaman Jacob C. Vaughn)

USS Whidbey Island conducted a mass casualty drill on the flight deck today while in port for their upcoming final medic...
05/21/2020

USS Whidbey Island conducted a mass casualty drill on the flight deck today while in port for their upcoming final medical certification. Much training and many hours have gone into preparing for this event. Check out these photos courtesy of LTJG Myer Krah!

We have some incredible Sailors on our ship, among them,  2019 Enlisted Admiral Zumwalt Operational Excellence Award Win...
05/15/2020
001: Women In The Navy , Part 1

We have some incredible Sailors on our ship, among them, 2019 Enlisted Admiral Zumwalt Operational Excellence Award Winner, BM1 Cheryl Shaw! She was interviewed by Captain Paul X. Rinn, USN (Ret.) for the Official Surface Navy Association Podcast "Continuing the Conversation" on her perspective on Women in the Navy. If you have some time, take a listen to learn more about one of #USSWhidbeyIsland's finest Sailors!

Conversation with the 2019 Enlisted Admiral Zumwalt Operational Excellence Award Winner BM1(SW) Cheryl Shaw, from the USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41). Host Captain Paul X. Rinn, USN (Ret.) Conversation with the 2019 Enlisted Admiral Zumwalt Operational Excelle...

USS Whidbey Island practiced ballasting operations while underway for MOB E over the weekend. Our Sailors have been putt...
05/11/2020

USS Whidbey Island practiced ballasting operations while underway for MOB E over the weekend. Our Sailors have been putting in long hours doing preservation in the well deck to ensure the ship is ready for its upcoming AMW certification. Check out these photos courtesy of BMC Phillip Gers!

05/10/2020

A special Military Spouse and Mother's Day greeting from our Commanding Officer, CDR Sullivan! Enjoy!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Team 41 Moms!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Team 41 Moms!

To all the Moms in our #USNavy Family, Happy #MothersDay!

Tag your mom and tell everyone how much you appreciate her in the comments below!

Check out this photo of USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) in action underway this week, sent to us by MC1 Sean Weir from the #...
05/08/2020

Check out this photo of USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) in action underway this week, sent to us by MC1 Sean Weir from the #USSSanAntonio. Whidbey Island is underway executing engineering drills for MOB E certification.

05/06/2020

We wanted to share our Chaplain's weekly message to the crew:

PERSERVERANCE.

How do you define "perseverance"?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, perseverance can be defined as "the quality of trying to achieve a particular aim despite difficulties."

Legendary college basketball coach John Wooden said this about perseverance. "Stay the course. When thwarted try again; harder; smarter. Persevere relentlessly."

Life is challenging. Especially in uncertain times, when things beyond our control seem to "get in the way" of our well planned objectives, our goals, hopes, and dreams. Hence the importance of understanding and allowing our lives to persevere during difficulty. There is both good and bad news surrounding perseverance. The good news is how perseverance helps in our character growth and development. The bad news is that this takes time. Perseverance is not a 40 yard dash. It is a marathon. I find what makes this so challenging is when obstacles seem to interrupt our "routine", cause our paths to become more curved than a straight line. But as Coach Wooden reminds us, we are to "stay the course." It is the constant practice of pushing forwards despite what is going on around and recognizing that it takes time, determination, dedication, and patience.

We live in a time when striving to persevere seems like a daunting task. Is it even possible? YES. But the choice is up to you? Growth is painful. Facing the uncertainty head on is scary. For perseverance builds character and with character we can have hope, knowing we have made it through the twists and turns onto the straight road ahead. You can make it through. Together we will continue to push forward and come out stronger and better prepared.

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) gets underway from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Virginia on Monday, May 4, 2020 to...
05/04/2020

USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) gets underway from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Virginia on Monday, May 4, 2020 to execute engineering certification events for MOB E. It's a beautiful day to sail!

04/29/2020

WBI Team,

We continue in this new and ever-changing environment. Some say to look for the light at the end of the tunnel. Some struggle to even see the light. Some think the light is an oncoming training speeding towards them. However you continue to navigate and wrestle with our current state, don't stop asking questions and seeking answers, understanding that in times of constant change, there may or may not be clarity.

How do we, as people, continue to push forward?

In talking with one of my children about everything going on and the shortages of simple household supplies, I was asked a simple question..."Daddy, why don't people just do what is right and think of others? Everybody would be better." Though the question was seeking a specific answer, the root of this thought struck a chord in how human nature responds to events beyond our control. Can we continue to do what's right, look out for others, have a big-picture perspective, all-the-while trying to meet the basic needs for ourselves and families? What does this take to stay the course?

One perspective is having moral courage. Courage to do what's right, to embrace the "temporary" suck, be grateful for the "little things", and continue to answer the call to serve others.

I'm reminded of a quote by Mark Twain, “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

We are faced with a challenge of maintaining our "physical courage" at present time, but what goes beyond our physical ability? The growth and development of our hearts and minds. The capacity to strengthen our own moral courage.

Allow yourself to grow and ask questions. Set the example for your shipmate next to you.

V/r,

CHAPS

Congratulations to BM2 Pugh on her re-enlistment yesterday! CWO 4 Austin and BM2 Pugh donned safety harnesses and face m...
04/29/2020

Congratulations to BM2 Pugh on her re-enlistment yesterday! CWO 4 Austin and BM2 Pugh donned safety harnesses and face masks to performed the ceremony on the ship’s freshly painted golden anchor!

04/20/2020

WHIDBEY ISLAND crew and family, I wanted to post some recent updates that I didn't want any of you to miss.

1) The Navy is allowing a carry over in excess of 60 days, not to exceed 120 days beginning at the end of this fiscal year through FY 23.
2) For Sailors separating in the next six months, the Navy is allowing you to extend from 6 to 12 months beyond your separation/retirement date.
3) New travel restriction just released to continue to stop all official travel internationally and domestically through June 30. There are waiver exceptions, please inquire with your Chain of Command.
4) Dependent ID Cards. Pass and ID are temporarily paused in replacing expiring ID cards. All ID cards, including military members, are extending to September 30 of this year. DO NOT relinquish your ID card if it is expired and contact me immediately if any issues arise.

Stay safe, stay inside and limit contact with others.

V/R
CMDCM Hogan

The MyNavy Family Mobile App is designed to combine public information and resources for families in one streamlined loc...
04/15/2020

The MyNavy Family Mobile App is designed to combine public information and resources for families in one streamlined location! If you're a Navy family, be sure to check it out!

Happy Easter Team 41!
04/12/2020

Happy Easter Team 41!

To our entire #USNavy family around the fleet, Happy Easter! #InThisTogether

04/01/2020
U.S. Navy

In case you missed it: get the latest update on the Navy’s response to COVID 19 here.

Times are tough but U.S. Navy Sailors and their families are tougher.

Get the latest from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday & Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith on the Navy's updated response to COVID-19 and the moves being made to protect Sailors, while also maintaining mission readiness.

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03/30/2020

Calling all Whidbey Island Families and Friends! Please join CDR Sullivan, CMC Hogan and our Ombudsman, Mrs. Hilari Walston for a Virtual Town Hall on Facebook Live on Wednesday, 01 April, at 1400 (2 pm), as we address your concerns and answer your questions! Please submit any questions you have to us via messenger!

Check out this blast from Whidbey Island's past! This 'Gator Times' newsletter, dating from August 2006, was recently sh...
03/26/2020

Check out this blast from Whidbey Island's past! This 'Gator Times' newsletter, dating from August 2006, was recently shared with us by former Commanding Officer, Rear Adm. Ross. Enjoy this trip down memory lane!

When faced with a challenge our Sailors always rise to the occasion to solve our problems! Thanks to our Sailors for pit...
03/20/2020

When faced with a challenge our Sailors always rise to the occasion to solve our problems! Thanks to our Sailors for pitching in to help rig shore power without a crane after returning to port today!

#USSWhidbeyIsland is underway conducting Mariner Skills Week 2, and other Basic Phase Events!Take a look to see what you...
03/20/2020

#USSWhidbeyIsland is underway conducting Mariner Skills Week 2, and other Basic Phase Events!

Take a look to see what your Sailors have been up to while out to sea.

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History In February 1981, the U. S. Navy awarded Lockheed Shipbuilding Company of Seattle, Washington, a contract to construct LSD 41, first of a new Dock Landing Ship class to replace the aging Thomaston-class LSDs. At 4 August 1981 keel-laying ceremony, the Honorable John F. Lehman, Secretary of the Navy, affixed his signature to the LSD 41 keel; the first keel of an amphibious assault ship lain in more than five years. Although the first ship to carry the name Whidbey Island, there was at one time a ship on Navy rolls named USS Whidbey (AG-141), a small transport purchased from the U. S. Army and servicing U. S. Trust Territories in the late 1940s. Whidbey Island, the first ship in a class designed specifically to interface with the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), assisted in the operational and developmental testing of the amphibious assault craft from July to September 1985 and again in May and July 1986. 1986 – 1991 In August 1986, Whidbey Island embarked on her first major operation, participating in the NATO Exercise Northern Wedding/Bold Guard '86. Whidbey Island's first deployment was to the Mediterranean in January 1987. The ship took part in seven amphibious exercises carrying out duties as Presidential Support Ship for the World Economic Summit in Venice, Italy, May 1987. Whidbey Island deployed to the Mediterranean for the second time in December 1988 with MARG 1-89, participating in three major landing exercises with the Spanish, French and Italian Navies before returning to homeport in June 1989. Whidbey Island was the first amphibious ship from the East Coast to deploy to the European Theater with LCACs. In September and October 1989, Whidbey Island participated in Hurricane Hugo disaster relief operations in the Caribbean Sea. In August 1990, Whidbey Island again deployed to the Mediterranean as part of MARG 3-90. During the trans-Atlantic crossing, the ship received orders to sail to Mamba Station off the coast of Monrovia, Liberia, serving as the flagship for evacuation operations in Operation Sharp Edge, spending 105 consecutive days at sea. By the time Whidbey Island reached its first port, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, the ship had been out to sea for 126 straight days. After further steaming around the Western Mediterranean in support of Operation Desert Storm, Whidbey Island returned to homeport March 1991 from its extended seven-month deployment. 1992 – 1997 On 5 December 1992 Whidbey Island deployed with MARG 1-92 representing the Amphibious Ready Group's operations in the Black Sea with a series of port calls. With members of the Sixth Fleet, the USS Inchon Band, and representatives from the other MARG ships, Whidbey Island made historic port calls to Samsun, Turkey; Constanţa, Romania; and Burgas, Bulgaria, becoming the first United States amphibious ship and the largest United States warship to operate in the Black Sea, the first U.S. Navy ship to visit Samsun in 70 years and the first U.S. Navy ship to ever visit Burgas. Whidbey Island returned to homeport on 5 June 1993. In January 1993, Whidbey Island deployed in support of Operation Sea/Signal/Able Manner, enforcing alien migration policies off the coast of Haiti. Later that year, Whidbey Island deployed to the littorals of South America and West Africa during UNITAS 34-93/WATC 93, the first Whidbey Island-class ship to deploy to this region, again making history by leading the southern-most amphibious exercise ever at Tierra del Fuego, returning from deployment 17 December 1993. In August 1994, in a Combined Joint Task Force Whidbey Island provided emergent lift services for the evacuation of 160 migrant camps from Grand Turk Island. Shortly after, Whidbey Island rescued and transported over 8,100 Cuban migrants from the Straits of Florida during Operation Able Vigil and participated in the restoration of the legitimate government to Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. At the turn of 1995, Whidbey Island along with Wasp (LHD-1) and Shreveport (LPD-12) participated in NATO cold weather training in the North Atlantic for Exercise Strong Resolve 95. On 28 August 1995, Whidbey Island deployed for a fifth Mediterranean Deployment with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). During this deployment, the ship participated in Exercises Atlas Hinge, Odysseus 95, Noble Shirley, Bright Star and Alexander the Great, spending over three months in the Adriatic Sea in support of peacekeeping operations for the Dayton Peace Accords in the former Yugoslavia. The crew received the Armed Forces Service Medal and the NATO Medal, returning to homeport 29 February 1996. On 3 June 1996, Whidbey Island entered Norfolk Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company (NORSHIPCO) for a Dry-docking Phased Maintenance Availability (DPMA) and received a Women at Sea Certification. On 1 July 1997, Whidbey Island departed for Unitas 38-97 setting a record for amphibious landings with several UNITAS participating nations before returning home 13 December 1997. 1999 – 2002 Whidbey Island departed for its sixth Mediterranean deployment 15 September 1999. Along with 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Whidbey Island participated in Exercises Bright Star, Noble Shirley and Infinite Moonlight. During these exercises the ship worked in partnership with members of the British, Egyptian and Jordanian militaries. Whidbey Island safely transited the Suez Canal as well as the Straits of Tiran, Toranto, Gibraltar, and of Messina, visiting ports such as Antalya, Turkey; Haifa, Israel; Souda Bay, Greece; and Aqaba, Jordan. On 24 May 2000, Whidbey Island returned to NORSHIPCO for multiple upgrades and additions to the ship's configuration and systems. During this PMA period the ship received two Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Launchers as well as the Ship's Self Defense System (SSDS) Mk-1, significantly enhancing Whidbey Island's ability to track, engage and destroy incoming missiles at close range. On 11 June 2001, Whidbey Island completed its Basic Phase of Training and started a five week pre-deployment maintenance period. Starting 11 July 2001 the ship began its intermediate training cycle in preparation for deployment as part of Amphibious Squadron 8, Amphibious Ready Group. On 19 September 2001, just eight days after the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, Whidbey Island weighed anchor for its seventh deployment. With troops of 26th MEU (Special Operations Capable), the ship participated in Exercise Bright Star off the coast of Egypt. At the completion of the exercise, crew and troops enjoyed a few days in the port of Marmaris, Turkey, before transiting the Suez Canal en route to the North Persian Gulf. While there Whidbey Island spent 123 consecutive days on station in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During this operation, 26th MEU set the record for conducting the longest amphibious operation ever (distance-wise)—nearly 700 nautical miles (1300 km) inland. While deployed, Whidbey Island's crew visited Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Split, Croatia; and Rota, Spain. The ship also participated in the National Training Continuum, Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Swift Freedom. Most importantly, every Sailor and Marine that deployed on Whidbey Island came back safely from the grueling, seven-month deployment. 2002-2004 As of 2006, Whidbey Island is commanded by Commander Erik M. Ross, home ported at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, and assigned to Amphibious Group 2. 2006-2007 In June 2006, Whidbey Island deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While inport Aqaba, Jordan in July of 2006, she was recalled through the Suez Canal to support contingency operations due to the crisis in Lebanon. Whidbey Island subsequently participated in the largest Non-Combatant Evacuation conducted by the US Navy since Vietnam. During July and August, she evacuated 817 American Citizens (out of a total of 14,555 evacuated by the USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group) via Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) with Personnel Transport Module. AMCITS were taken to Limassol, Cyprus and released to State Department Control. Following operations off of Lebanon, Whidbey Island redeployed through the Suez Canal to the Fifth Fleet Operations Area and offloaded elements of the 24 MEU into Bahrain for operations in Iraq. Following the offload, Whidbey Island deployed to the Northern Persian Gulf in support of Commander Task Force 158, responsible as Afloat Forward Staging Base. In this role, she was responsible for defense of the KAAOT and ABOT oil rigs, the primary critical oil infrastructure producing revenue for Iraq. In November of 2006, Whidbey Island departed the Northern Persian Gulf and returned home, stopping in Civitavecchia, Italy and Tunis, Tunisia enroute, arriving 6 Dec, 06. On 16 February 2007, Whidbey Island was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award. On 1 October 2007, Whidbey Island deployed from Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base. After being deployed to the Horn of Africa, she assisted the Comoran vessel MV Al Marjan and its crew when they were released by somali pirates on november third FACTS ABOUT THE USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) Builder: Lockheed Shipbuilding, Seattle, Wa. Date Deployed: Feb. 9, 1985 Propulsion: Four Colt Industries, 16 Cylinder Diesels, two shafts, 33,000 shaft horsepower. Length: 609 feet (185.6 meters). Beam: 84 feet. Displacement: 15,939 tons (16,194.79 metric tons) full load. Speed: 20+ knots (23.5+ miles per hour). Crew: Ships Company: 22 officers, 300 enlisted; Marine Detachment: 402 plus 102 surge. Armament: Two 25mm MK 38 Machine Guns; Two 20mm Phalanx CIWS mounts and Six .50 cal. machine guns, two Rolling Airfram Missile (RAM) Mounts.

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