We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 20, 2011

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Chief Navy Diver Ryan Oakley, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, makes an adjustment to his Kirby Morgan 37 diving helmet before submerging underwater at the port of Umm Qasr during a joint effort between Iraqi divers and U.S. divers. The divers are raising a sunken pier as part of the partnership, strength, and presence initiative. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

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