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A Harpoon missile launches from the missile deck of the San Diego-based littoral combat ship USS Coronado near Guam in the Philippine Sea in August. An autonomous Fire Scout helicopter helped direct the missile to its target. Photo by MC2 Kaleb R. Staples, courtesy of U.S. Navy

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