The Black Dragon back on patrol, 35 years ago today

This June 1, 1986 photo shows an aerial port beam view of a seven-vessel battleship surface action group along with five allied destroyers and frigates of the Royal Australian Navy in the Western Pacific, a sight not seen since 1969 when USS New Jersey was activated briefly for the Vietnam War.

The ships are, clockwise from front left: USS LONG BEACH (CGN-9), USS MERRILL (DD-976), HMAS SWAN (D-50), HMAS STUART (D-48), HMAS PARRAMATTA (D-46), USNS PASSUMPSIC (T-AO-107), USS WABASH (AOR-5), HMAS DERWENT (D-49), USS KIRK (FF-1087), USS THACH (FFG-43), HMAS HOBART (D-39) and USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62), at the center of them all, Photo by PH2 Orell via NARA.

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