Thursday, January 13, 2011

HMAS Newcastle (FFG 06)

The Australian Navy Frigate Newcastle (FFG 06) cruises with USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as she conducts plane guard duties. Stennis and Newcastle are taking part in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004. RIMPAC is the largest international maritime exercise in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands. This year's exercise includes seven participating nations; Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States. RIMPAC is intended to enhance the tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide array of combined operations at sea, while enhancing stability in the Pacific Rim region. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Photographer's Mate Airman Charles D. Whetstine)

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