19 Mar 1945. RN joins USN for assault on Okinawa

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The British Pacific Fleet arrived at Ulithi to join the US Fifth Fleet for Operation Iceberg, the assault on Okinawa.

HMAS Quickmatch and Quiberon, two Q class RAN destroyers on loan service from UK. These Australian destroyers were serving with the 4th Destroyer Flotilla in the British Pacific Fleet.

The destroyers task was to screen the Royal Navy’s Fleet Carriers as they conducted air attacks on Japanese air bases and other targets prior to amphibious invasions being conducted by US troops.

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