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040712-N-6213R-073 Pacific Ocean (July 12, 2004) - The screw of the modular cargo delivery system ship SS Cape Girardeau (T-AK 2039) breaks the surface of the water as the ship steams alongside the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) prior to commencing a Connected Replenishment (CONREP).  Cape Girardeau was recently removed from the "Mothball Fleet" to participate in exercises at sea. The crew of Cape Girardeau is comprised of Naval Reservists as well as civilian crewmembers.  Stennis and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are taking part in the multi-national maritime exercise "Rim of the Pacific 2004" (RIMPAC).  RIMPAC is the largest international maritime exercise in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands.  This year's exercise includes seven participating nations; Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States.  RIMPAC is intended to enhance the tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide array of combined operations at sea, while enhancing stability in the Pacific Rim region. Photo by Mark J. Rebilas