RIMPAC underway in Pacific

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Kirishima launches a training missile while underway in the Pacific Ocean for RIMPAC, July 9, 2014.

Masanori Endo/Courtesy of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 15, 2014

Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and southern California.

The world's largest international maritime exercise, the U.S. Navy lauds RIMPAC as a unique training 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 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.


Members of the Mexico Naval Infantry Force learn to breathe compressed air during shallow water egress training at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii pool during RIMPAC, July 1, 2014.
Sarah Dietz/Courtesy of U.S. Navy


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