By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Navy Petty Officer Jordan N. Dahl, from Norcross, Ga., serves aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)

EAST CHINA SEA Fire Controlman 2nd Class Jordan N. Dahl, from Norcross, Ga., reloads an M-16 rifle during a live-fire exercise aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is currently deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham/Released)

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