Maritime Security Response Team–West, Canadian EOD Train to Mitigate Threats

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) deployable specialized forces (DSF) and Canadian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians trained for maritime interdiction operations during the opening events of the force integration training (FIT) phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Southern California (SOCAL). This year marks the first time that the USCG Maritime Security Response Team–West (MSRT-W) has participated in RIMPAC. Both MSRT-W DSFs and EOD technicians partnered in the training event under the umbrella of Commander Task Force (CTF) 177, RIMPAC’s mine warfare commander. Assigned participants in the training came from the…

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USS Halsey, HMCS Ottawa kick off RIMPAC 2018 Soccer tournament

By Petty Officer 1st Class Corwin Colbert Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) and the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341) kicked off the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018 soccer tournament June 27 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The tournament runs though July 1 and allows servicemembers from different countries to build relations while participating in the world’s largest maritime exercise. Halsey Seaman Xavier Atkins called his first RIMPAC experience “amazing.” “RIMPAC, personally, is a great opportunity for me to meet servicemembers…

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Three’s company for Commonwealth Navies

Ships representing three of Her Majesty’s Navies have practiced a number of maritime evolutions on their way to war games in Hawaii. HMA Ships Adelaide, Melbourne and Success were joined by HMNZS Te Mana and HMCS Vancouver of the Royal New Zealand and Royal Canadian Navies respectively as the Joint Task Group transited towards Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 (RIMPAC 2018), a large-scale multinational maritime exercise. All five ships used their transit in company to sharpen their skills ahead of RIMPAC 2018 by conducting Officer of the Watch manoeuvres,…

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Canadian Armed Forces set to participate in Exercise RIMPAC

Over 1,000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and aviators are set to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). The world’s largest international maritime exercise takes place June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. During RIMPAC, forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities from disaster relief to maritime security operations and complex warfighting. Canada, along with Australia and the United States, has participated in every RIMPAC exercise since its inception in 1971. The continued participation of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) reinforces Canada’s…

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US Navy Announces 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the…

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Official Statement on RIMPAC 2018

Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is the world’s largest maritime military exercise that involves forces from many countries. RIMPAC is run every two years in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Nations with an interest in the Pacific Rim region send ships, aircraft and troops to take part in the exercise. Over 1 000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and aviators are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to August 2, 2018. The exercise is being led by the United States Navy. It is taking place in and around…

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