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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. <br>Masanori Endo/Courtesy of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Kirishima launches a training missile while underway in the Pacific Ocean for RIMPAC, July 9, 2014.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance 3 Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC, July 3, 2014. <br>Raul Moreno Jr./Courtesy of U.S. Navy
A landing craft air cushion, assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5, departs the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore for an equipment transfer during RIMPAC, July 9, 2014. <br>Amanda R. Gray/Courtesy of U.S. Navy
Sailors man the rails as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for RIMPAC, July 8, 2014. <br>Amanda R. Gray/Courtesy of U.S. Navy
Lt. Jessica Naranjo, left, assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy, displays a surgical mannequin to Toyoei Shigeeda, consul general of Japan in Honolulu, while in the operating room aboard Mercy, July 9, 2014. Mercy is in Pearl Harbor taking part in RIMPAC.  <br>Justin W. Galvin/Courtesy of U.S. Navy
Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan render honors as the ship passes the USS Arizona and USS Missouri memorials while departing Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Ronald Reagan is in the Hawaii area of operations for RIMPAC, July 7, 2014. <br>Jonathan Nelson/Courtesy of U.S. Navy
The littoral combat ship USS Coronado and joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket transits in formation off the coast of Southern California as part of a photo exercise for RIMPAC, July 11, 2014. <br>Mark C. Schultz/Courtesy of U.S. Navy

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.

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