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         THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS AS DEPLOYMENT NEARS
Rangermen worked throughout the month of August, readying the ship for
the coming deployment. All hands turned to as demands intensified.
Needs were identified, quantified, qualified and satisfied in final preparations
for this West Pac-Indian Ocean Cruise.
Having completed all workup exercises with tremendous success, all that
remained was the packing. What an assignment for a crew of nearly 5,000
men.
Rangermen were also putting their personal affairs in order to lessen the burden 
of the separation and to ensure that personal business would proceed smoothly.

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