HAWAI‘I-BASED USS FREDERICK ON GOODWILL VISIT TO NEW CALEDONIA

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HAWAI‘I-BASED USS FREDERICK ON GOODWILL VISIT TO NEW CALEDONIA

NOUMÉA, New Caledonia (August 13, 2001 - Oceania Flash/SPC)---The troop and equipment carrier USS Frederick was in Nouméa last week on a goodwill stopover, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reported.

The ship has the capacity to transport up to 350 troops, 22 tanks, seven amphibious vehicles and 148 trucks.

The vessel is on a Pacific-wide tour.

During the past four months, the Pear Harbor-based USS Frederick has visited Guam, the Philippines, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Palau, Micronesia and the Australian ports of Cairns and Brisbane.

"We came to display the American flag," Commander Roger D. Perkins told local media.

During its stopover in the French territory, the U.S. Navy ship took part in joint exercises with the French navy, including the landing and take-off of local helicopters on its deck.

The USS Frederick assisted in the evacuation of war refugees from Vietnam in the early 1970s and, more recently, took part in the 1990 Gulf War "Desert Storm" operation.

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