U.S. Navy sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, April 9, 2018. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alyssa Weeks/Handout via Reuters.
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