Coast Guardsmen from District 14, including CGC Rush and Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Honolulu, were among the 14 nations, 34 ships, five submarines, and more than 100 aircraft and 20,000 personnel to participate in the world’s largest international maritime exercises, the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).
Military forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the United States gathered in, and around, the islands of Hawaii with a goal of increasing mutual cooperation and enhancing the tactical capabilities of participating nations in various aspects of maritime operations at sea.
This year, the 22nd biennial exercise began on June 23 and closes today after more than a month of conducting joint gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air defense exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations, and an amphibious landings.
“Exercises such as RIMPAC are critical to sustaining international partnerships in the combined effort to deter, detect, and disrupt acts of crime and terrorism in the maritime domain,” said Lt. Matthew Mangun, MSST Honolulu.
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