RIMPAC 2014 Concludes with Enhanced Cooperation among 22 Nations
RIMPAC 2014 Concludes with Enhanced Cooperation among 22
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John
Pearl Harbor, Hawaï – (NNS)
– August 2, 2014 – The world's largest international maritime exercise,
Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, concluded with the participation of 22
nations, 49 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000
personnel in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, August 1.
The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC,
took place in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern
from June 26 to Aug. 1, providing
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 that began in 1971.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st
Class Shannon Renfroe
Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2014 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. Kenneth
Floyd, commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), serving as the combined task force
(CTF) commander. RIMPAC is designed to enhance cooperation of the combined
forces and improve individual war fighting competencies.
"The relationships that are forged at RIMPAC span oceans and years," said
Floyd. "RIMPAC is a unique opportunity for us to get to know each other, to
train together, and provide some level of trust when we are out on the high seas
together in the future. It is the only exercise that can do so to this scale."
This year's exercise included units and personnel from Australia, Brunei,
Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People's Republic of China, Peru, the Republic
of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom
and the United States. The training syllabus included amphibious operations,
gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air defense exercises, as well as military
medicine, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, counter-piracy, mine
clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage
Marine Corps base Hawaii (July 28, 2014) U.S. Marines
drive an amphibious assault vehicle ashore during a simulated beach assault as
part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships,
six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in
RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern
California. The world's largest 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 that began
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corey
Royal Australian Navy Rear Adm. Simon Cullen, CTF deputy commander, said
RIMPAC helped international participants hone the skills that are critical to
ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.
"This was an opportunity for the participating nations to take advantage of
the excellent training infrastructure and ranges that are available in the
Hawaiian Islands," Cullen said. "It enabled individual units to conduct training
that they could not otherwise have in their own waters."
RIMPAC 2014 marked the first time that Japan led the scenario-driven
humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) response portion of the exercise
that facilitated training and certification for expeditionary forces to respond
to foreign disasters as a crisis response adaptive force.
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Yasuki Nakahata served as
commander of HA/DR operations.
"Through this exercise, we were able to show a well-coordinated effort
similar to the United Nations or a civil/military coordination center and
conduct our mission with all pertinence. This is a great step forward for all of
Japan and a great impact to an international society," Nakahata said.
RIMPAC 2014 had two new participants this year, Brunei and the People's
Republic of China. Additionally, RIMPAC participants who sent a ship for the
first time to participate in RIMPAC 2014 included Colombia, India, Indonesia and
Norway. This year also marked the first time hospital ships participated in
RIMPAC. The Chinese hospital ship, Peace Ark, and USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) conducted
personnel exchanges, military medicine exchanges and medical evacuation and mass
casualty training, further highlighting the valuable capability hospital ships
bring to the Pacific.
With the theme of "capable, adaptive partners" participating nations at
RIMPAC 2014 demonstrated the flexibility of maritime forces to meet regional and
global challenges for mutual benefit.
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