RIMPAC Exercise Emphasizes Cooperation in Maritime Security
RIMPAC Exercise Emphasizes
Cooperation in Maritime Security
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher
Hubenthal, Defense Media Activity - Hawaii.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii – (AFPS)
– July 2, 2014 – The Rim of the Pacific biennial maritime security exercise now
underway is a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and
sustain the cooperative relationships critical to ensuring the safety of sea
lanes and security on the world’s oceans, the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet
said this week.
Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr.,
commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, answers questions about the 2014 Rim of the
Pacific international maritime exercise during a news conference on Joint Base
Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 30, 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40
ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are
participating in the exercise.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.
“I think it’s important to note that by simply attending
RIMPAC, every nation here is making the bold statement that we must improve
multilateral military cooperation despite disagreements,” Navy Adm. Harry B.
Harris Jr. said June 30.
“Today, maritime cooperation is more vital than ever,” Harris
added. “For centuries, the world’s oceans kept us apart, but in this
increasingly globalized world, the world’s oceans bring us together.”
Participating nations will conduct training ashore and out at
sea in a coalition and joint effort during this 24th RIMPAC exercise.
“It’s going to be very valuable training, but make no mistake
-- it’s going to be very hard work,” said Navy Vice Adm. Kenneth E. Floyd,
Combined Task Force commander. “I’m already proud and very honored to have the
opportunity to lead the 25,000 people from 22 different countries on the RIMPAC
team this year, and I’m looking forward to all that they are about to do out on
the high seas.”
Harris said that building mutual trust and opening lines of
communication are critical for success. RIMPAC offers participants the chance to
work alongside other nations in preparation for real world events, he added, and
the exercise is designed to strengthen rebalancing efforts in the Asia-Pacific
“The rebalance is based on a strategy of cooperation and
collaboration, and that’s why it’s imperative that we work together to build
trust and confidence to solve our collective maritime challenges,” Harris said.
“When great nations work together, we can accomplish great things. Collaboration
and cooperation -- that’s why we’re here: to learn together, to operate together
and to sail together.”
The exercise began June 26 and ends Aug. 1.
Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr.
Navy Vice Adm. Kenneth E. Floyd
Rim of the
U.S. Pacific Fleet
Chairman Stresses Value of Military Partnerships