RIMPAC Exercise to Bring 26 Nations Together in Pacific
RIMPAC Exercise to Bring 26
Nations Together in Pacific
From U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs.
San Diego — (NNS)
— June 24, 2016 — Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200
aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the
Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the
Hawaiian islands and Southern California.
world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique
training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative
relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security
on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series which
began in 1971.
The theme of RIMPAC 2016 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
complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes
amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense
exercises, as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive
ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.
This year's exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei,
Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy,
Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People's Republic of
China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore,
Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.
This is the first time that Denmark, Germany, and Italy are
participating in RIMPAC. Additional firsts will involve flexing the command and
control structure for various at-sea events and incorporating a submarine rescue
exercise. This year will see amphibious operations in the Southern California
operating area, feature a harpoon missile shoot from a U.S. Navy littoral combat
ship and highlight fleet innovation during the Trident Warrior experimentation
The Department of the Navy's Great Green Fleet yearlong
initiative will also play a major role in RIMPAC. The initiative highlights
global operations using energy conservation measures and alternative fuel blends
to demonstrate how optimizing energy use increases resiliency and operational
readiness. During RIMPAC, almost all participating units will operate using an
approved alternate-fuel blend.
Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2016 will be led by U.S.
Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), who will serve as the
Combined Task Force (CTF) commander. Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Scott Bishop
will serve as deputy commander of the CTF, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Rear Adm. Koji Manabe as vice commander. Other key leaders of the multinational
force will include Commodore Malcolm Wise of the Royal Australian Navy, who will
command the maritime component; Brig. Gen. Blaise Frawley of the Royal Canadian
Air Force, who will command the air component; and the amphibious task force
will be led by Royal New Zealand Navy Commodore James Gilmour.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen scheduling commitments,
Brazil is unable to participate in RIMPAC '16. We value our partnership with the
Brazilian Navy and look forward to them taking part in RIMPAC 2018.
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