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‘Rim of Pacific’ Maritime
Exercise Kicks Off June 26
American Forces Press Service.
San Diego, California – (AFPS) – June 24, 2014 – Twenty-three nations, 47
ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel will
participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, maritime exercise
scheduled June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
Ships participating in the Rim of the
Pacific 2012 exercise sail in formation in the waters around the Hawaiian
Islands, July 27, 2012. Twenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more
than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel will participate in the RIMPAC 2014
maritime exercise scheduled June 26 to Aug. 1. The world’s largest international
maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps
participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical
to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.
U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer
The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC
provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and
sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety
of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th
exercise in the series, which began in 1971.
Brunei and China are slated to participate in RIMPAC for the
first time in 2014.
This year’s exercise also includes forces from Australia,
Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore,
Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2014 will be led by Navy
Vice Adm. Kenneth Floyd, commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet, who will serve as the
Combined Task Force commander. Royal Australian Navy Rear Adm. Simon Cullen will
serve as deputy commander of the CTF, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear
Adm. Yasuki Nakahata will be the vice commander.
Other key leaders of the multinational force will include
Rear Adm. Gilles Couturier of the Royal Canadian Navy, who will command the
maritime component, Air Commodore Chris Westwood of the Royal Australian Air
Force, who will command the air component, and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen.
Richard Simcock, who will lead the land component.
RIMPAC 2014 also will include, for the first time, a special
operations component, to be led by U.S. Navy Capt. William Stevens. Also for the
first time at RIMPAC this year, two hospital ships, USNS Mercy and PLA(N) Peace
Ark, will participate in the exercise.
This year’s exercise theme is “Capable, Adaptive Partners.”
The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities
and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities
range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and
The relevant, realistic training syllabus includes amphibious
operations and gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as
well as counterpiracy, explosive ordnance disposal, and mine clearance, diving
and salvage operations.
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