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July 22, 2010
RAN on global
Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) began late last month in
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The ADF's largest international maritime
exercise, RIMPAC is celebrating its 22nd year and is designed
to hone skills and test interoperability with 14 fellow Pacific Rim
nations. About 1200 ADF personnel are participating in the five-
week exercise -- here's a snapshot of our people at work.
By LEUT Darren Mallet
SENIOR commanders from 14
countries have joined Commander
of the US Fleet, ADM Patrick
Walsh, in opening the 22nd Rim of
the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC 10)
in Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
Twenty-two thousand military
personnel, 30 ships and more than
100 aircraft have gathered in the
Hawaiian operating area for the
ADM Walsh said training oppor-
tunities were essential to pass
knowledge and skills from genera-
tion to generation.
"We cannot assume we are
able to operate in times of need
unless we've had this sort of train-
ing opportunity," ADM Walsh said.
ADM Walsh told a group of
international media that informa-
tion sharing among the RIMPAC
participants was a key enabler and
"When we have the ability to
communicate with each other, we
are able to take full advantage of
the respective capabilities that
each nation brings to the sea," he
RIMPAC Exercise Commander,
RADM Rick Hart, said the greatest
outcome of RIMPAC 10 would be
combining the diversity and experi-
ence from participating nations
and ensuring those capabilities
were interoperable while achieving
national required training objec-
"Once that has occurred, we
all want to take our experiences
to a higher level and work very
effectively together in a changing
dynamic environment," he said.
"RIMPAC participants are part
of a tremendous gathering of like-
minded nations working to secure
the maritime domain."
He said the Hawaiian island
chain offered an ideal geography
for scripting an exercise.
"This exercise will allow coun-
tries to explore a variety of sce-
narios. Over the course of RIMPAC
we will train for all aspects of
warfare, anti-piracy, humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief."
RIMPAC 10 began in and
around the islands of Hawaii
on June 23 and will end on
August 1. As well as HMA Ships
Warramunga, Newcastle and
Kanimbla, the RAN is providing
clearance divers and Sea King
helicopters from 817 Squadron.
Soldiers from the Townsville-based
2nd Battalion, Royal Australian
Regiment, are participating and
the RAAF is providing a command
element and AP 3-C Orion aircraft.
AT THE READY: (Top) ABCIS Jessica Thompson stands at the jack
staff as HMAS Kanimbla shifts location to refuel in Pearl Harbor.
Photo: ABIS James McDougall
JOINT OPS: (Left) HMAS Kanimbla and the Combat Assault Company,
a unit of the United States Marine Corps, launch and recover amphibi-
ous assault vehicles while anchored off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
Photo: ABIS James McDougall
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