Exercise RIMPAC 04, (the 19th in the series which commenced in the early 1970’s), began in Hawaii. RAN units involved included HMA Ships NEWCASTLE, (guided missile frigate), SUCCESS, (fleet oiler and replenishment ship), and PARRAMATTA, (ANZAC class frigate). The RAAF provided two P3C maritime patrol aircraft, and the Army a 120 man rifle company. Ships and personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, South Korea, and the United States took part in the one month long exercise. The units from Japan however only conducted activities with US units.
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