The 25th Rim of the Pacific Exercise is under way. The U.S. Navy is leading a group of over 20 countries with thousands of sailors and lots of hardware. Rear Admiral Scott Bishop of the Royal Canadian Navy is Deputy Commander of the Combined Task Force. ADM Bishop reviewed the mission and purpose of RIMPAC; the U.S. Navy assets participating in the exercise; how participating Navy personnel will interact with other participating countries; China’s role in RIMPAC, and interaction with PLA(N); and how RIMPAC 2016 may be different than previous exercises.
Photo: PACIFIC OCEAN (June 24, 2016) Royal Canadian Navy frigate Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Calgary (FFH 335) (left), littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) (center), and Legend-class cutter USCGC Stratton (WMSL 752), sail in formation while transiting to Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan Riley/Released)