World’s largest international maritime exercise

PACIFIC OCEAN – Members of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Honolulu conduct a vertical insertion exercise aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1) during the RIMPAC, July 7, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Carl Shipley

HAWAII - Petty Officer Sabrina Moraga climbs a Jacob's ladder to board the amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland. Moraga and cadets from the Coast Guard Academy are on CGC Rush participating in RIMPAC 2010. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Eli Medellin.

Coast Guardsmen from District 14, including CGC Rush and Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Honolulu, were among the 14 nations, 34 ships, five submarines, and more than 100 aircraft and 20,000 personnel to participate in the world’s largest international maritime exercises, the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

Military forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the United States gathered in, and around, the islands of Hawaii with a goal of increasing mutual cooperation and enhancing the tactical capabilities of participating nations in various aspects of maritime operations at sea.

Click on the image to watch b-roll video of Coast Guardsmen and members of the visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) team from the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducting a boarding exercise aboard USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) during RIMPAC. U.S. Navy Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Spencer Mickler/Released by Lt. Ed Early, USS Freedom PAO.

This year, the 22nd biennial exercise began on June 23 and closes today after more than a month of conducting joint gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air defense exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations, and an amphibious landings.

“Exercises such as RIMPAC are critical to sustaining international partnerships in the combined effort to deter, detect, and disrupt acts of crime and terrorism in the maritime domain,” said Lt. Matthew Mangun, MSST Honolulu.

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PACIFIC OCEAN – Members of MSST Honolulu conduct a vertical insertion exercise aboard the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Formidable frigate during RIMPAC, July 9, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Carl Shipley

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