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    Post  GarryB Tue Jul 13, 2021 4:18 am

    The sub would either be a Black Sea or Baltic Sea based sub I suspect that followed them from the UK, but it would not be able to go through the Suez canal while submerged so they have probably gone back to their base now and passed these ships off to Pacific Fleet subs now, who will most likely start shadowing them in the Persian Gulf.
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    Post  JohninMK Wed Jul 14, 2021 7:06 am

    After scraping the barrel for ships there is one Type 45 left to call on. More at link

    It has emerged that one of the two Type 45 destroyers accompanying the Carrier Strike Group, HMS Diamond has suffered a defect and remains alongside in a Mediterranean port, having not transited the Suez Canal with the rest of the ships.

    HMS Diamond visited Alexandria in Egypt in late June before arriving in Larnaca, Cyprus. She sailed on 5th July but did not join the CSG which passed through the canal on the 7th July. Diamond subsequently came alongside at the NATO pier in Augusta, Sicily although the repair may be undertaken at a more suitable port.

    A Royal Navy spokesman told Navy Lookout “HMS Diamond has experienced some technical issues and has detached from the Task Group for maintenance, inspection and any necessary repairs. She is expected to re-join the Task Group.” Unofficial sources suggest she has suffered a WR21 gas turbine engine failure and the unit may need to be replaced.


    https://www.navylookout.com/hms-diamond-suffers-serious-defect-during-carrier-strike-group-deployment/

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    Post  Finty Thu Jul 15, 2021 6:54 pm

    https://www.navylookout.com/hms-diamond-suffers-serious-defect-during-carrier-strike-group-deployment/

    *edit* forgot about the above post

    HMS Diamond suffers serious defect during Carrier Strike Group deployment

    It has emerged that one of the two Type 45 destroyers accompanying the Carrier Strike Group, HMS Diamond has suffered a defect and remains alongside in a Mediterranean port, having not transited the Suez Canal with the rest of the ships.


    HMS Diamond visited Alexandria in Egypt in late June before arriving in Larnaca, Cyprus. She sailed on 5th July but did not join the CSG which passed through the canal on the 7th July. Diamond subsequently came alongside at the NATO pier in Augusta, Sicily although the repair may be undertaken at a more suitable port.

    A Royal Navy spokesman told Navy Lookout “HMS Diamond has experienced some technical issues and has detached from the Task Group for maintenance, inspection and any necessary repairs. She is expected to re-join the Task Group.” Unofficial sources suggest she has suffered a WR21 gas turbine engine failure and the unit may need to be replaced.


    The CSG heading South through the Suez Canal, visible are USS The Sullivans, RFA Fort Victoria, HMS Defender, RFA Tidespring and HMS Kent. Ahead of them were HMS Queen Elizabeth with HNLMS Evertsen given the honour of being the lead ship. HMS Richmond accompanied the Astute class submarine through some hours earlier.
    Although there have been well-documented issues with the design of WR21, GTs have the advantage that the compressor and power turbine unit at heart of the engine is designed to be removed and replaced with relative ease using designated access routes. RN vessels have conducted many GT changes in the past while on deployment in overseas ports and the process can take a few weeks. There are teams including Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and RN personnel that can be flown in to deliver engineering support when called upon. (Engineers onboard HMS Invincible even managed to change two gas turbines while at sea in the aftermath of the Falklands conflict).

    HMS Diamond previously suffered a major breakdown in the Mediterranean in November 2017 and had to abandon a planned 9-month deployment. This was the result of a problem with the propellor shaft that was finally rectified in dry dock at home in Portsmouth. Assuming the current defect is an unrelated engine failure, this can be remedied without the need for dry-docking.

    The RN notes in their statement that “ships will join and leave the Strike Group at different stages of the deployment” and the absence of HMS Diamond will not significantly impact the operations for now. The CSG already has HMS Defender, USS The Sullivans and HNLMS Evertsen providing air defence and warships from other allied nations will also join the group for short periods.


    For the most demanding phase of the deployment in the South China Sea COMUKCSG would likely be more concerned about the absence of a Type 45. The RN appears confident that Diamond can be repaired but in the unlikely event that the ship cannot be returned to operational standard, HMS Dragon is the remaining active Type 45 and might be ‘crash deployed’ in extremis.

    Further headlines about Type 45s breaking down, especially on a high profile deployment will of course be unwelcome. The RN continues to suffer the legacy of the engines selection made for its destroyers two decades ago. The short-medium term fix, the Equipment Improvement Plan (EIP) has allowed the Type 45s to operate effectively around the globe for many years with some restrictions. It was notable that the BBC reported HMS Defender was making 30 knots for some time in the heat of the Black Sea Summer during the recent interaction with the Russians off Crimea.

    The Power Improvement Package (PIP) to finally cure the Type 45s propulsion issues finally started the engineering phase in May 2020 when HMS Dauntless arrived at Cammell Laird. This ‘6-month’ project is now in its 14th month. The new engines were installed relatively quickly by November 2020. COVID has not helped but the integration process is clearly proving way more challenging than anticipated. Once the work on Dauntless has been completed and proven, progress with subsequent ships, beginning with HMS Daring should be faster. Like the PGMU engine upgrades for the Type 23 frigates (only HMS Richmond has been completed), the Type 45 PIP has been far too slow and resulted in avoidable risk to the CSG21 deployment.

    Phase 1 of the CSG21 deployment in the Atlantic and Mediterranean appears to have been overwhelmingly successful so far, but every major deployment inevitably will endure setbacks and changes to the programme. This has included the sad death of a sailor on HMS Kent in an apparent suicide. The Sun also reports significant a COVID outbreak onboard some of the ships which may curtail planned port visits for up to 3 weeks.  The RN is well able to adapt and overcome challenges and HMS Diamond will hopefully pass through the Suez canal and eventually rejoin the group.


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    Post  Finty Thu Jul 15, 2021 6:55 pm

    HMS Queen Elizabeth: Covid outbreak on Navy flagship

    An outbreak of Covid-19 has been confirmed on the Royal Navy's flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

    The BBC has been told there have been around 100 cases on the aircraft carrier, which is part way through a world tour.

    Several other warships in the fleet accompanying it are also affected.

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said all crew on the deployment had received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and the outbreak was being managed.

    HMS Queen Elizabeth is about a quarter of the way through a 28-week deployment leading the Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

    It has now entered the Indian Ocean, and the Royal Navy says it is due to continue on its voyage to Japan later this year.

    A spokeswoman said mitigation measured on board included masks, social distancing and a track and trace system.

    "As part of routine testing, a small number of crew from the Carrier Strike Group have tested positive for Covid-19," she said.

    "The Carrier Strike Group will continue to deliver their operational tasks and there are no effects on the deployment."

    It is not the first Covid scare on board a Royal Navy ship.

    Last year, the crew of HMS Northumberland was forced to return to shore and isolate over Christmas after "a number of suspected Covid cases" on board.

    The world tour is HMS Queen Elizabeth's first operational deployment, and will cover 26,000 miles.

    The £3bn warship departed from Portsmouth Naval Base in May.

    The Queen and the prime minister both went onboard before it headed off for the Indo-Pacific region.

    The ship began sea trials in 2017, having replaced HMS Illustrious which was scrapped in 2014.

    It has eight RAF and 10 US Marine Corps F35B stealth fighter jets onboard and will be accompanied to Asia by six Royal Navy ships, a submarine, 14 naval helicopters and a company of Royal Marines.
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    Post  Finty Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:08 pm

    USS Ronald Reagan, HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers train together for first time

    The USS Ronald Reagan and the HMS Queen Elizabeth strike groups conducted a large-scale exercise in the Indian Ocean on Monday, marking the first time the two carriers have trained together.

    Along with the amphibious ready group led by the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and the Dutch frigate HNLMS Eversten, the strike groups worked through a variety of training scenarios in the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen, Somaliland and Somalia.

    "Our team was proud to operate alongside the UK Carrier Strike Group during this unique opportunity to hone the full scope of our mutual capabilities," said Rear Adm. Will Pennington, commander of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and Task Force 50, in a press release Tuesday. "By operating together at sea, we deepen our coalition partnerships and extend our global reach throughout the region's critical waterways."

    The exercise focused on the “full spectrum of maritime warfare operations” including anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare tactics.

    The ships’ crews in several scenarios practiced precision maneuvering, hunted simulated enemy submarines, defended against simulated air and surface threats and conducted long-range maritime strikes against simulated enemy combatants, the U.S. Navy said.

    Lt. Cmdr. Joe Kelly, spokesman for Task Force 50, said in an email Tuesday that the exercise was the first time the Ronald Reagan and Queen Elizabeth had steamed together.

    “The aircraft carrier is the ultimate expression of global maritime power,” said Commodore Steve Moorhouse, commander of the United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group, in a Royal Navy press release. “Queen Elizabeth, Ronald Reagan and Iwo Jima symbolize the might of the U.S. and U.K. partnership, and the ease with which our naval and air forces can combine here in the Gulf of Aden, or anywhere else in the world.”

    The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group trained in May with the Queen Elizabeth and its strike group conducted off the coast of Scotland.

    Monday’s exercise took place during the Ronald Reagan’s deployment to the Middle East, where it has been assisting the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

    The HMS Queen Elizabeth, on the other hand, is in the middle of its maiden operational tour. The carrier departed Portsmouth, England, in late May. It is expected to visit 40 nations – including India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore – in a deployment spanning 26,000 nautical miles in seven-and-a-half-months.

    On Monday, the Queen Elizabeth’s official Twitter page posted a picture of the carrier sailing with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

    “Good to sail with the Japanese destroyer Setogiri in the Gulf of Aden,” said the post. “We will see more of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force as we continue to head East into the Indo-Pacific.”

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    Post  Finty Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:02 pm

    Not good.

    Royal Navy's Type 45s: Only One Of Six Destroyers Operationally Available

    A defence minister has revealed that just one out of the Royal Navy's six Type 45 destroyers is operationally available, with the rest either undergoing maintenance or being fixed.

    Royal Navy warship HMS Defender is, at the moment, the only Type 45 on operations.

    The warship, currently deployed as part of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG21), was shadowed by Russian vessels and buzzed by jets last month as she sailed through the disputed waters around Crimea.

    HMS Diamond has experienced some technical issues and has detached from CSG21 for maintenance, inspection and defect rectification.

    HMS Daring and HMS Duncan are currently undergoing planned deep maintenance.

    While HMS Dauntless, the first of the Type 45 destroyers to undergo a Power Improvement Project (PIP) upgrade, is expected to return to sea for trials this year.

    HMS Dragon is undergoing a period of planned maintenance in advance of further operational commitments.

    Commons Defence Committee chairman Tobias Ellwood suggested the situation was "operationally unacceptable".

    Defence Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin told MPs on the committee: "We have two Type 45s embarked with the CSG, Diamond has got current issues but I hope they will be able to be rectified shortly."

    Mr Ellwood said: "HMS Defender is now our only current operational Type 45.

    "If that ship experiences propulsion problems as we have seen across the Type 45 family, then our carrier group would have to be forced to lean on a NATO ally to ensure that we have destroyer protection.

    "That really indicates – bottom line – we need a bigger Navy."
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    Royal Navy stations two patrol ships permanently in Asia to counter Chinese ambitions

    Britain is to base two Royal Navy ships permanently in the Far East to help form a bulwark against Chinese claims over Asian waters.

    The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Defence Minister Ben Wallace during a visit to the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

    It comes ahead of a planned visit to Japan in September by a Royal Naval strike group led by the new £3 billion flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

    "Following on from the strike group's inaugural deployment, the United Kingdom will permanently assign two ships in the region from later this year," said Mr Wallace, speaking alongside his Japanese counterpart, Nobuo Kishi.

    The announcement is part of a strengthening of security ties with Tokyo, which has expressed alarm in recent months over China's territorial ambitions in the region, including Taiwan.

    The Queen Elizabeth is being escorted by two destroyers, two frigates, two support vessels and ships from the United States and the Netherlands.

    Its route to Japan goes through the South China Sea, parts of which are claimed by China and South East Asian countries, with stops in India, Singapore and South Korea (see map below).

    Britain sees the naval deployment as an assertion of the right of international passage through waters that Beijing regards as part of its backyard, in particular the South China Sea. However, naval chiefs have been wary of being overly-provocative.

    In April, The Telegraph disclosed that HMS Queen Elizabeth would avoid a particularly sensitive route through Taiwan Strait, a 100-mile stretch of water separating the island of Taiwan from mainland China. China does not respect Taiwan's claims to independence, and Beijing has hinted in recent years that it has not ruled out re-taking the island by force. Senior Tory MPs, who want Downing Street to take a tougher line with China, said the naval chiefs had been too timid in avoiding the Taiwan Strait.

    After their arrival in Japan, the Queen Elizabeth and its escort ships are expected to split up for separate port calls to US and Japanese naval bases along the Japanese archipelago. A close Washington ally, Japan hosts the biggest concentration of American military forces outside the US, including ships, aircraft and thousands of US Marines.

    Dr Sidharth Kaushal, a Research Fellow on Sea Power at the Royal United Services Institute, told The Telegraph that the permanent deployment of the two Royal Navy ships was in line with the wider aims of Spring's defence review, which identified China and Russia as key global rivals.

    "It's not really a surprise, if one looks at the general tilt to the Indo-Pacific," he said. "The relationship between the UK and China has clearly become more competitive, but Britain is still inclined to hedge its bets on these things, stopping shy of directly confronting China," he said. "The Chinese won't be delighted, but they won't view it as massively inimical to their interests either."

    The two ships to be permanently stationed in the Far East will be HMS Spey and HMS Tamar, both 90-metre offshore patrol vessels normally used for maritime policing duties such as anti-piracy and counter-terrorism. Dr Kaushal described them as smaller-scale patrol vessels, and said their presence would be unlikely to unnerve Beijing too much.


    More here https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/07/20/royal-navy-stations-two-patrol-ships-permanently-asia-counter/

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    Post  GarryB Fri Jul 23, 2021 4:02 am

    Hahaha... China should take advantage of the situation and send a dozen destroyers... each operating separately to sail to Europe and approach the British Isles simultaneously from different directions at one time... have a couple of reporters on each ship and buzz them... I rather suspect the purpose of the British ships to the vicinity of China was to sail through disputed waters to show off and be a dick...

    The problem of course is that China is not a bunch of rude aholes like the UK and US politicians are.

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    Post  Isos Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:04 am

    They are not capable of having constant patrol over UK, why do they try to have it on the other side of the earth ?

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    Post  Finty Yesterday at 4:19 pm

    Backtracking to 16th June

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/uks-largest-warship-enters-indian-ocean-to-conduct-exercises-with-indian-navy-101626419172785.html

    UK’s largest warship enters Indian Ocean, to conduct exercises with Indian Navy

    Britain has described the maiden voyage of HMS Queen Elizabeth and its task group as the country’s most ambitious naval deployment for two decades, and the warships will also sail to the South China Sea for military drills with the US Navy and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force
    By Rezaul H Laskar
    PUBLISHED ON JUL 16, 2021 12:36 PM IST

    The UK’s largest warship, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, and its strike task group has sailed into the Indian Ocean region, where it will conduct joint exercises with the Indian Navy as part of Britain’s efforts to enhance its profile in the Indo-Pacific.

    Britain has described the maiden voyage of HMS Queen Elizabeth and its task group as the country’s most ambitious naval deployment for two decades, and the warships will also sail to the South China Sea for military drills with the US Navy and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force.

    UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab said on Friday the carrier group’s deployment “marks the start of a new era of defence cooperation with allies in India and the Indo-Pacific”. He added, “By visiting 40 countries and working alongside our partners, the UK is standing up for democratic values, seizing new trading opportunities and tackling the shared threats we face together.”

    “This deployment will provide tangible reassurance and security to the UK’s friends and a credible deterrence to those who seek to undermine global security,” the British high commission said in a statement.


    The carrier group entered the Indian Ocean region after a series of engagements and operations in the Mediterranean. The 65,000-tonne carrier will participate in the Konkan exercise with warships of the Indian Navy in the Bay of Bengal. The drills are expected to be conducted around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with the involvement of Indian destroyers, submarines and P8I anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

    On its way back to the UK later in the year, the carrier group is expected to join another tri-services exercise with the Indian military in the Arabian Sea in October. All three services are expected to participate in this three-day war game.

    Britain said HMS Queen Elizabeth’s deployment represents the country’s commitment to deeper diplomatic, economic and security ties with India and in the Indo-Pacific region, and also demonstrates the UK’s support for freedom of passage through vital trading routes and for a free, open and inclusive order in the Indo-Pacific.


    Defence secretary Ben Wallace said: “The UK carrier strike group deployment is a major moment for UK defence as we develop this cutting edge capability across the globe. The group is sailing the Indian Ocean and will shortly conduct exercises with the Indian Navy, building on our already strong partnership with an important ally and friend.”

    The deployment reflects the UK’s commitment to strengthening existing alliances and forging new partnerships with like-minded countries to face the challenges of the 21st century, he added.

    The carrier group sailed into the Indian Ocean shortly after the UK’s posted its first international liaison officer at the Indian Navy’s Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) in Gurugram. The US, Australia, France and Japan also have a presence at the centre, which tracks shipping and monitors threats such as maritime terrorism and piracy in regional waters.


    Lieutenant Commander Stephen Smith, who was posted at the centre last month, works with India’s armed forces and liaison officers from the other nations to enhance maritime domain awareness in the region.

    As part of its maiden operational deployment, the UK carrier group will sail more than 26,000 nautical miles and engage with 40 countries from the Mediterranean to the Indo-Pacific and back again.

    The carrier group’s presence in Indian waters will give the Indian military an opportunity to assess first-hand the capabilities of its fifth generation F-35B Lightning multi-role aircraft, which are jointly manned by the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and US Marine Corps.

    The carrier group also serves as the spearhead of the UK’s joint expeditionary capability and a cornerstone of the country’s conventional military deterrent. The group includes six Royal Navy ships and a submarine, a US Navy destroyer, a frigate from the Netherlands and 32 aircraft, and is manned by 3,700 sailors, aviators and marines from the combined forces of the UK, US and the Netherlands.

    HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest surface vessel constructed in the UK. Taller than the Niagara Falls, her propellers generate the power of 50 high-speed trains.

    Among the countries with which the UK carrier group will have engagements in the region are Singapore, South Korea and Japan, and these interactions will build on other efforts by Britain to enhance its profile in the Indo-Pacific. These efforts include seeking Asean dialogue partner status, negotiations to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and trade talks with Australia, New Zealand and India.
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    Post  Finty Yesterday at 4:21 pm

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-carrier-strike-group-conducts-exercise-with-republic-of-singapore-navy

    UK Carrier Strike Group conducts exercise with Republic of Singapore Navy

    The UK Carrier Strike Group 2021, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, has transited through Singapore waters and will return later this year.

    From:
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    Published
    27 July 2021

    Ships from the UK’s Carrier Strike Group, led by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, performed an exercise with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) yesterday (26 July).

    The exercise, to advance interoperability and coordination between the two navies, builds on the deep and long-standing defence partnership between the UK and Singapore.

    It was also the first time that ships from the Royal Navy’s 5th generation Carrier Strike Group exercised alongside the RSN.

    Eight ships were involved in yesterday’s exercise:

    HMS Queen Elizabeth, aircraft carrier
    HMS Kent, Type 23 anti-submarine frigate
    HNLMS Evertsen, De Zeven Provicien-class frigate (Royal Netherlands Navy)
    USS The Sullivans, Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (US Navy)
    RFA Tidespring, Fast Fleet Tanker
    RSS Intrepid Formidable-class frigate (Republic of Singapore Navy)
    RSS Unity Independence-class littoral mission vessel (Republic of Singapore Navy)
    RSS Resolution Endurance-class landing ship tank (Republic of Singapore Navy)

    The Strike Group, which set off on its maiden deployment in May this year and has successfully conducted operations and engagements in the Mediterranean, is now in the Indo-Pacific.

    The purpose-built aircraft carrier replenishment ship, RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) Tidespring broke away from the main group on Friday (23 July) for a quick and contactless replenishment pit-stop in Singapore. She will now sustain the group as it proceeds further east.

    The Group will next undertake a series of multinational exercises with global allies in the Philippine Sea. Later in the year, the Carrier Strike Group will return to Singapore.

    A ship from the Group will also take part in Exercise Bersama Gold - with Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand – this will mark the 50th anniversary of the Five Power Defence Arrangements.

    Commodore Steve Moorhouse, Commander United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group, said:

    The Royal Navy has huge affection for Singapore based on our history together, but Singapore is also a beacon of enterprise in a region that is growing in strategic importance. The arrival of the Carrier Strike Group in Southeast Asia is a clear sign that the United Kingdom is ready to work with friends and partners, new and old, to strengthen the security and freedoms upon which we mutually depend.

    We are grateful to Singapore for supporting an important logistics stop for RFA Tidespring as the Carrier Strike Group continues our programme at sea. We look forward to working with Singapore again in the autumn for Exercise Bersama Gold, which marks the 50th Anniversary of the Five Power Defence Arrangements.

    Her Excellency, Kara Owen, British High Commissioner to Singapore, said:

    The Carrier Strike Group’s presence is another element of our strategic approach to the Southeast Asia region, alongside our engagement with ASEAN and our activity in support of trade and economic development.

    We welcome Singapore’s support for the Carrier Strike Group’s deployment to the region. Our joint exercise showcases our navies’ ability to operate effectively together, underscoring the deep and strong defence and security partnership.

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    The Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is led by HMS Queen Elizabeth – the most powerful surface vessel in the Royal Navy’s history – and this is her maiden operational deployment.   At 65,000 tonnes, she is the largest surface vessel ever constructed in the UK. Taller than Niagara Falls, her propellers generate the power of 50 high-speed trains.   She leads six Royal Navy ships, a Royal Navy submarine, a US Navy destroyer and a frigate from the Netherlands in the largest concentration of maritime and air power to leave the UK in a generation.

    As part of its maiden operational deployment, the CSG will sail over 26,000 nautical miles, engaging with 40 countries from the Mediterranean to the Indo-Pacific and back again.

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