USCGC Bertholf Returns From RIMPAC 2018

September 4, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returned Tuesday to their homeport in Alameda following a nearly 90-day deployment to the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California where crewmembers participated in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018, the world’s largest multi-national naval exercise. Bertholf crewmembers executed and assisted in several boardings, humanitarian response scenarios and war-at-sea exercises during RIMPAC which…

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HMAS Toowoomba returns from seven-month deployment

September 2, 2018 – HMAS Toowoomba has returned to her homeport of Fleet Base West, Rockingham, Western Australia, after the ship’s longest deployment to date, successfully contributing to seven Task Groups in seven months. Commanding Officer, Commander Mitchell Livingstone, said Toowoomba achieved many milestones since February, supporting an extensive series of exercises, international engagements and training activities. “I’m extremely proud…

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UMS SKELDAR commitment to Australia base confirms Pacific Rim as priority market for rotary UAVs

UMS SKELDAR, the world-class provider of rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions and avionics software, is accelerating its plans for Australia to become its Pacific Rim base, following a classified tour including meetings in Canberra and partners with bases in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The confirmation of UMS SKELDAR’s commitment, described as a “logical extension of the company’s intention…

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MSC Ships Provide Logistics Services to Ships-at-Sea During RIMPAC 2018

Since June 26, four Military Sealift Command combat logistic fleet ships have been on station, by providing logistical support to the 25 nations, 45 surface ships participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018, the world’s largest, biennial international maritime exercise in Hawaii. USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) and USNS…

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Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th…

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Decommissioned Frigate USS McClusky Expended as Target During RIMPAC 2018

Live fire from a ship and an aircraft participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sank the decommissioned frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) in waters 15,000 feet deep, 55 nautical miles north of Kauai, Hawaii, July 19. The sinking exercise (SINKEX) provided participating units the opportunity to gain proficiency and confidence in their weapons and systems through realistic…

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HMAS Adelaide docks Amphibious Assault Vehicles

Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), HMAS Adelaide has achieved another significant milestone on Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 (RIMPAC 18) by embarking thirteen US Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV). The 3d Marine Regiment combat vehicles were embarked during an amphibious docking operation which saw them ‘swim’ 1800 metres from the beach to where the ship remained at station off…

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USNS Mercy Participates in Humanitarian Disaster Relief Exercise as Part of MSC’s Ongoing Participation in RIMPAC 2018

The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) conducted a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) exercise on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 11-13, as part of MSC’s ongoing participation with the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. This year marks the second time Mercy has participated in a HADR at RIMPAC. In early exercises that featured a…

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RIMPAC units participate in sinking exercise

Live fire from aircraft, a submarine, and land assets participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sank the decommissioned ex-USS Racine (LST-1191) July 12 in waters 15,000 feet deep 55 nautical miles north of Kauai, Hawaii. Units from Australia, Japan, and the U.S. participated in the sinking exercise (SINKEX), which provided them the opportunity to gain proficiency in…

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Masterton Naval Officer Commands International Fleet

When he’s not a career naval officer, Captain Blair Gerritsen would describe himself as an enthusiastic mid-handicap golfer and part-time farmer in Masterton. However, this month duty calls as he takes command of a naval Task Group larger than the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) fleet. Captain Gerritsen is the first New Zealander to be assigned the role of Sea…

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RIMPAC Mine Warfare Operations Underway in SOCAL

Commander Task Force (CTF) 177, led by U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Dave Welch, commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) and the Navy’s Global Mine Warfare Commander, kicked off the Southern California (SOCAL) portion of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) with mine warfare training operations which run from June 27 to Aug. 2. CTF 177 is comprised…

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RIMPAC 2018 Hosts Submarine Rescue Symposium

Approximately 30 submarine officers and civilian contractors from 13 nations attended a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 submarine rescue symposium hosted at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 9. The symposium offered those in attendance an opportunity to strategize how different nations can work together in the event of a submarine accident or casualty. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI9AbGxyKdk[/embedyt] “The great thing about…

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