“Capable, Adaptive, Partners” was the theme of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 exercise which concluded Aug. 4, after more than a month of training events.
The world’s largest international maritime exercise took place in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California with 26 nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participating.
RIMPAC provided a unique training opportunity that helped participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.
Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2016 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet, who served as the combined task force commander. “RIMPAC 2016 was an unqualified success,” said Tyson. “The collaboration and cohesiveness between participants proved that we can operate effectively with our partner nations and that we will be ready in the Pacific if or when we’re called upon. We operated as an effective team while simultaneously strengthening the skills of each and every participant. To safely and effectively execute an exercise of this scale and scope is a tribute to the leadership and skill of every participating unit. I could not be more proud of everyone who took part, and I value the friendships that we built.”
Tyson said the involvement of so many different countries working together to successfully accomplish RIMPAC was a strong reminder of the unity coalition forces can exhibit in a real-world situation.
“From the beginning harbor phase to the closing ceremony reception, the different nations have demonstrated their capability and proven themselves to be very adaptive during the entire exercise,” said Tyson. “It’s all about our working together and becoming better partners and understanding how we work together in different scenarios. We’ve certainly accomplished what we set out to with RIMPAC and proven that we’re stronger as partners because of it.”
This year’s RIMPAC marked the 25th in the series, which began in 1971. The exercise held every two years.
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