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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (foreground) pilots the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise as Seaman Chris McCarter assists during Mr. Panetta's visit to the ship on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, off the southeastern coast of the United States. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)
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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (foreground) pilots the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise as Seaman Chris McCarter assists during Mr. Panetta's visit to the ship on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, off the southeastern coast of the United States. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

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