The USS Russell (left), USS Pinckney and USS Omaha sail in formation in the Pacific. Navy photo

The Navy released a dramatic photo Tuesday of three San Diego-based warships sailing in formation in the Pacific Ocean.

The photo, taken Friday, shows the Arleigh Burke-class guided missiles destroyers USS Russell and USS Pinckney and the new Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Omaha.

The Russell, which is leading the group, is one of 34 destroyers armed with the advanced Aegis ballistic-missile defense system that can shoot down long-range missiles from North Korea.

The photo was snapped by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Isaacs.

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