Were you at RIMPAC this year? If not, you missed all sorts of ships, aircraft and PowerPoint presentations.
The Rim of the Pacific exercise, which began in 1971, runs from June 27 to Aug. 2. This year’s RIMPAC, the 26th of the series, included 25 nations, 46 ships, around 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel, not to mention five submarines.
Below are photos from some of the RIMPAC highlights so far from the trainings ― including riveting presentations ― and off hours. Canadian Army Pte. Felix Belanger, a line gunner with the Royal 22e Régiment, prepares for a simulated raid with his squad at a combat town as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 3, 2018. (Gunnery Sgt. Jon Spencer/Marine Corps) Navy divers, assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, transit to the USS Arizona Memorial for a dive during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise, July 7. (MC2 Daniel James Lanari/Navy) U.S. Marines assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion watch a USMC CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter depart the drop zone after dropping military members into the ocean during helicopter casting training at Blue Beach during the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 9, 2018. (Ordinary Seaman Justin Spinello/Canadian Armed Forces) Members of the U.S. Marine Corps 1st Recon battle the surf during amphibious landing training on rigid-hull inflatable boats at Blue Beach training area during the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, July 8. (Ordinary Seaman Justin Spinello/Canadian Armed Forces) Royal Canadian Navy coastal defense vessel HMCS Yellowknife (706) sails alongside the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) on July 8 in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. (MC3 Logan C. Kellums/Canadian Armed Forces) An aircrew member from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento communicates with an aircrew aboard an HC-130 from Air Station Barbers Point Hawaii after the HC-130 aircrew landed in Sacramento, Calif., July 7. (Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew S. Masaschi/Coast Guard) The Royal Canadian Navy’s Interim Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Ship, Motor Vessel Asterix departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on July 9 to participate in the sea phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2018. (Imagery Technician Sgt Devin VandeSype/Canadian Armed Forces) Chilean Navy Commodore Pablo Niemann, maritime component commander, from Valparaíso, Chile, addresses participants of a legal symposium held during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 6. (MC2 Kelsey J. Hockenberger/Navy) Mexican marines with the Marine Amphibious Infantry Brigade maneuver through a live-fire range during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 3, 2018. (Sgt. Dominic Romero/Marine Corps) Guided-missile destroyers USS O’Kane (DDG 77), USS Preble (DDG 88), USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) sit moored during the harbor phase of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2018, on July 4. (MC3 Alexander C. Kubitza/Navy) An Indonesian surfaces from the water during shallow water egress […]