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Tuesday, 5 May 1987
Page: 2356

(Question No. 1614)


Senator Vallentine asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 18 February 1987:

(1) What naval exercises have been conducted between-(a) US and RAN forces; and (b) Royal Navy and RAN forces in the years 1982 to 1986 in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

(2) What were the dates of the exercises and the names, and which ships were involved.


Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) The information required is as follows:

Exercise name

Dates

Forces involved

Area

Royal Australian Navy/United States Navy

Beacon South 82-1

22-23 Feb 82

USN-USS Constellation, Truxtun, Oldendorf, Bagley, Somers.

Indian

Ocean

RIMPAC 82

8-20 Apr 82

RAN-HMAS Hobart, Brisbane, Yarra, Swan, Onslow, Otway, Supply.

USN-USS Ranger, England, Fox, Paul F. Foster, Schofield, Duncan, Goldsborough, Davison, Ouellett, Whipple, Rathburne, Brewton, Cimarron, Ashtabula, Kiska, Pelileu, New Orleans, Cleaveland, Ogden, Mobile, San Bernadino, Cayuga, Tuscaloosa, Peoria, Bristol County, Los Angeles, Guitarro, New York City, William H. Standley, Jouett, John Young, Bronstein, Albert David, Gray, Stein, George Philip, Bolster Pintado, Haddock, Aspro, Henry B. Wilson Downes, Merrill, Barbel, Sea Dragon, La Jolla, Drum. USNS Talluga, Kawishiwi, Ponchatoula.

Pacific

Ocean

Sandgroper 82

15-26 Nov 82

RAN-HMAS Supply, Stalwart, Perth, Yarra, Swan, Otway.

USN-USS Francis Hammond, Knox.

Indian

Ocean

Valiant Usher 84-2

4-8 Nov 83

RAN-HMAS Hobart, Canberra and Torrens.

USN-USS Pelileu, San Bernadino. USNS Fort Fisher and Mispillion.

Indian

Ocean

RIMPAC 84

30 May-29 Jun 84

RAN-HMAS Supply, Adelaide, Parramatta, Oxley, Ovens.

USN-USS Brewton, Robert E. Peary, Whipple, Worden, Jason, Arkansas, Implicit, Sacramento, Enhance, Conquest, Esteem, Pledge, New Orleans, Carl Vinson, Enterprise, Okinawa, Alamo, Barbour County, Buchanan, Constant, Denver, Durham, George Philip, Gridley, Ingersoll, Jouett, Mahlon S. Tisdale, Robinson, Schenectady, Vancouver, Oldendorf, Bradley, Flint, Gallant, California, Roanoke, Kiska, Texas.

Pacific

Ocean

Sandgroper 84

12-27 Oct 84

RAN-HMAS Stalwart, Supply, Torrens, Sydney, Canberra, Stuart, Brisbane, Yarra, Geraldton, Cessnock.

USN-USS Paul F. Foster.

Indian

Ocean

Marcot 85-2

9-20 Sep 85

RAN-HMAS Hobart, Darwin and Orion.

USN-USS Meyerkord, Stein, Bronstein, Bagley, Albert David, O'Callahan, Implicit, Pledge, Conquest and Enhance.

Pacific

Ocean

Valiant Usher

19-23 Sep 85

USN-USS Okinawa, Cleveland, Durham, Fort Fisher, Midway, Reeves, England, Towers, Cochrane, Kirk, Oldendorf, Knox, Kansas City, San Jose. USNS Kilauea, Hassayampa and Mispillion.

Indian

Ocean

RIMPAC 86

18 May-30 Jun 86

RAN-HMAS Darwin, Sydney, Ovens and Onslow.

USN-USS Gridley, Leahy, Jouett, William H. Standley, Vinvenness, Ranger, Carl Vinson, Paul F. Foster, John Young, Goldsborough, Berkeley, Meyerkord, Robert E. Peary, Brewton, William H. Bates, Queenfish, Olympia, Rentz, Gray, Flint, Camden and Roanoke.

Pacific

Ocean

Valiant Usher 86-5

10-15 Sep 86

RAN-HMAS Swan and Stuart.

USN-USS Tarawa, Fresno, Juneau, Tuscaloosa. USNS Navasota.

Indian

Ocean

Royal Australian Navy/Royal Navy

Valiant Usher 84-2

4-8 Nov 83

RAN-HMAS Hobart, Canberra and Torrens.

RN-HMS Invincible, Rothesay and Aurora. RFA Plumleaf.

Indian

Ocean

RIMPAC 86

18 May-30 Jun 86

RAN-HMAS Darwin, Sydney, Ovens and Onslow.

RN-HMS Beaver, Manchester, Amazon and Swiftsure.

RFA Olmeda and Bayleaf.

Pacific

Ocean