RIMPAC wraps up display of military might
A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldier advances positions while his squad member provides cover during an amphibious assault at Pyramid Rock Beach. The JGSDF conducted the training exercise with U.S. Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, based in Okinawa, Japan. The world's largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014, provides 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. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC.
The monthlong, 22-nation multinational naval event known as RIMPAC is finally winding down. Held every two years, the U.S-hosted exercise is the largest of its kind in the world, and this year even included China. Training included use of amphibious ships, submarine detection, clearing minds and anti-piracy efforts.
China's decision to spy on the event, as well as participate, was called "a little bit odd" by Adm. Samuel Locklear III, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command. Though he said it nevertheless was a positive sign that China was willing to participate in a maritime zone military exercise — something it's protested in prior years.
Here are a selection of photos from the RIMPAC 2014 exercise in Hawaii.