RIMPAC wraps up with amphibious assaults in Hawaii, Calif.
By WYATT OLSON | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 31, 2016
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII — The Rim of the Pacific exercise staged amphibious assaults in Hawaii and Southern California on Saturday, the finale of the biennial naval exercise that included more than two dozen nations.
“This represents two years of planning, but it also represents those 26 nations coming together,” said Brig. Gen. Ray Descheneaux, commander of Fleet Marine Forces for RIMPAC.
The amphibious assaults, which included aircraft and water vessels, “had a whole bunch of moving parts,” he said.
The assaults were part of a warfighting scenario created for the exercise, but such landings have much wider applications in the Pacific region.
“Although we’re using this amphibious forceful entry for this scenario, it will reflect itself in so many of the different things we do,” Descheneaux said, referring to the numerous natural disasters in the region for which the U.S. military is asked to provide relief.
The provisional Marine Air-Ground Task Force that made the assault on Pyramid Rock Beach at Marine Corps Base Hawaii consisted of 2,096 Marines, sailors and foreign military personnel.
Among the ships involved were the USS America and USS San Diego.
The air combat element for the assault included every type of aircraft used by the Marine Corps with the exception of the AV-8B Harrier.