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DEFENCE press release DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE CANBERRA

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1979 NO. 215/79

LARGE AMERICAN NAVAL GROUP TO VISIT AUSTRALIAN PORTS

A United States Navy group of eight ships,

representing seven different types of warship, will visit

Australian ports at the conclusion of Exercise Kangaroo

Three at the end of this month.

Sydney will host four ships, and others will visit

Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Newcastle, Townsville

and. Cairns. .

The Sydney visitors will be the 35,784 ton fleet

oiler Ponchatoula (November 2-7), the 17,000 ton guided

missile cruiser Chicago (November 1-9), the 17,500 ton

amphibious assault ship Tripoli (November 1-8) and the 17,580

ton amphibious transport dock Duluth (November 1-8).

Melbourne visitors will be the 8,450 ton tank

landing ship Bristol County (November 2-8) and the 3000 ton

Knox-class frigate Hepburn (November 15-17).

Other port visits will be to Newcastle by the Knox

class frigate Lang (November 1-9), to Townsville and Cairns

by the USS Hepburn (November 1-6 and November 8-10), to

Brisbane by the 13,600 ton dock landing ship Mount Vernon

(November 1-8), to Perth by the USS Hepburn (November 21-26)

and to Hobart by the USS Tripoli (November 10-14).

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The USS Tripoli is an Iwo Jima class LPH (landing

platform, helicopter) built by Ingalls Shipbuilding

Corporation in the United States. The Minister for Defence,

Mr D.J. Killen, recently announced that Litton-Ingalls would

be one of three overseas companies to carry out further

studies of a variant of the LPH class as a possible

replacement for HMAS Melbourne.

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