US Army up close with Melbourne

International engagement during Exercise RIMPAC started early for HMAS Melbourne as the ship welcomed aboard 20 soldiers from the US Army in Hawaii. The American troops from the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD) stepped aboard for a tour of the ship while she was alongside at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to learn about her capabilities and history. The 5th BCD guests were surprised to learn of Melbourne’s 26 years of operational service and her links to the United States Navy as a variant of its Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate.…

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Military Sealift Command Ships to Participate in RIMPAC 2018

Six Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships will participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 multi-national, maritime exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. MSC fleet replenishment oilers USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) and USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), auxiliary dry cargo/ammunition ships USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) and USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) will provide logistics services including aviation fuel, bunker fuel, dry, fresh and frozen food as well as machine parts and equipment to the 46 ships participating in the exercise. MSC fleet ocean…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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Three’s company for Commonwealth Navies

Ships representing three of Her Majesty’s Navies have practiced a number of maritime evolutions on their way to war games in Hawaii. HMA Ships Adelaide, Melbourne and Success were joined by HMNZS Te Mana and HMCS Vancouver of the Royal New Zealand and Royal Canadian Navies respectively as the Joint Task Group transited towards Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 (RIMPAC 2018), a large-scale multinational maritime exercise. All five ships used their transit in company to sharpen their skills ahead of RIMPAC 2018 by conducting Officer of the Watch manoeuvres,…

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HMAS Adelaide is six nation ship

HMAS Adelaide has become home to military personnel from six different nations during her transit to Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. In addition to the ship’s normal complement of roughly 400 personnel, almost 50 United States Marines, 25 Sri Lankan Navy Marines and more than 40 Royal Tongan Marines are also aboard, working with their counterparts from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) as a combined land forces element. Two officers from the Royal New Zealand Navy and a Captain from the Canadian Army are also aboard, living…

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ADF exercises interoperability at RIMPAC

More than 1600 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have arrived in the United States ahead of a month of focused military training activities with 26 nations from across the globe for Exercise Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. The ADF has deployed HMA Ships Adelaide, Success, Toowoomba and Melbourne which have been part of the Indo Pacific Endeavour 2018 task group, one submarine, diving personnel, an amphibious landing force from the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, and one P-8A Poseidon aircraft to RIMPAC. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the…

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NZDF to Participate in World’s Largest Maritime Military Exercise

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending a warship, three aircraft, and more than 300 personnel to take part in the world’s largest international maritime military exercise. Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, scheduled from 27 June to 2 August around Hawaii and southern California. New Zealand’s contingent includes the frigate HMNZS Te Mana, specialist divers from HMNZS Matataua, an air surveillance and reconnaissance force…

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Let RIMPAC 2018 Be ‘Our Finest Hour’

By Rear Adm. Brian Fort Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific The Rim of the Pacific Exercise is the world’s largest maritime exercise. It happens right on our doorstep once every two years. The Navy’s 26th RIMPAC starts here next week, hosted by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet. We are welcoming visiting ships and participants from 26 nations who are bringing 25,000 personnel to Hawaii – to the best homeport and duty station in the world. What better place to come together in peace to…

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USS Carl Vinson Departs San Diego for RIMPAC 2018

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed San Diego, June 18, to participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Carl Vinson is joining more than 50 surface ships and submarines, and representatives from 26 nations in the world’s largest international maritime exercise. The aircraft carrier’s 5,000 Sailors are part of 25,000 personnel scheduled to participate in various training events ashore and at sea June 27 through Aug. 2. “This is a chance for us to showcase what we do…

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NZDF to Strengthen Engagement in Asia-Pacific

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has deployed Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Mana to the Asia-Pacific over the next five months, as it seeks to strengthen engagement with countries in the region. Commander Lisa Hunn, the Commanding Officer of Te Mana, said the ship would take part in several international exercises as part of its deployment. “Participating in joint military exercises provides great training opportunities for the ship’s crew members and also helps build trust through cooperation with other regional military forces,” she said. In the first…

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USMC Base in Hawaii to Host Foreign Militaries During RIMPAC 2018

Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) will host hundreds of foreign military members participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) from mid-June through the beginning of August. RIMPAC training events will occur at sea and on military installations in the Hawaiian Island chain to include Kaneohe Bay and Marine Corps Training Area Bellows. Oahu residents may see and hear increased military activity surrounding the base. Additionally, there will be periods of 24-hour airfield operations and maintenance may occur overnight to support Exercise RIMPAC, and ensure the safe operation of all…

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ADF Bids Farewell to Fiji Following Engagement Activities

HMA Ships Adelaide and Melbourne have departed Fiji following a successful port visit as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE). Both ships arrived in Suva on the morning of June 9 to begin the second engagement of IPE, following a port visit to Vanuatu by HMA Ships Success and Toowoomba. The ships’ companies and embarked forces carried out a wide range of activities, including disaster assistance planning, security training and community engagement, re-affirming and expanding the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ (RFMF) ability to work…

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Almirante Lynch Port Call at San Diego Enroute to RIMPAC 2018

Google Translation U.S. After 17 days of navigation, the frigate “Almirante Lynch” arrived at the port of San Diego, United States, on Sunday, June 10 at 08:30 hours to complete the first phase of deployment for the International Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. The frigate “Lynch” was received by the Deputy Chief of the Chilean Naval Mission in Washington, Captain Gonzalo Téllez, accompanied by the Liaison Officer of the Third Fleet Captain Corvette Nicolás Boisier. With the arrival of the Unit to the port of San Diego, the…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour 18 departs for South Pacific deployment

A Joint Task Group of Royal Australian Navy ships and embarked soldiers and marines has set sail from Townsville, bound for a major maritime activity to build regional security and stability in the South Pacific. HMAS Adelaide embarked vehicles, equipment and soldiers from Townsville’s 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment on Friday, for participation in Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE18). Equipment loaded into HMAS Adelaide included five Unimog trucks that will be gifted to Tonga by The Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, when the Task Group arrives in Nuku’alofa in mid-June. Representing…

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USS Portland Arrives in Pearl Harbor

USS Portland (LPD 27) arrived in Pearl Harbor May 29 to conduct Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials. The ship departed San Diego May 21 and began her transit to Hawaii. The ship’s crew has engaged in various training exercises within the past couple of weeks to ensure the ship’s weapon systems are properly installed, function correctly, and can be operated safely. Portland performed her first underway replenishment (UNREP), employing the Standard Tensioned Replenishment Alongside Method, May 22. Steaming approximately 200 feet alongside the lead ship of her class, Military Sealift…

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