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Foal Eagle 2015 and the U.S.-ROK Alliance: A Photo Essay

The U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) alliance has grown ever stronger based upon the shared interests and common values of both nations.  This year being the 62nd anniversary of the U.S.-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty, our shared commitment to democracy and sustained partnership provide a foundation for the enduring friendship that tightly …

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RIMPAC 2014: The Evolution of Cohesiveness

By Rear Admiral Simon Cullen, Royal Australian Navy Deputy Director of the RIMPAC 2014 Combined Task Force It has been an absolute honor and privilege to be the first Australian Deputy Director of the Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Combined Task Force. Holding a leadership role in an exercise …

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RIMPAC 2014: From My Maritime Perspective

By Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier RIMPAC 2014 Combined Forces Maritime Component CommanderOne could ask what it means to be the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) for RIMPAC 2014. But first, one needs to understand what I just said.The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is the largest maritime exercise in the …

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RIMPAC 2014: Inside Look

Ships gather in formation aft of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during Rim of The Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

The future is maritime partnerships. The world’s navies must be able to come together quickly to work on common interests and things that are important worldwide. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel have come together for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) …

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Relationships Are Key to Interoperability

Members of the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) work as partners onboard a RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft on a range clearance exercise during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.

By Air Commodore Chris Westwood Royal Australian Air Force Combined Forces Air Component Commander I have long believed that we make interoperability more difficult than it needs to be, whether it be between coalition or combined forces, between our own national services, or indeed internal to our individual service. The main reason …

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Life Aboard USNS Mercy

By Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Courtez Brown, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Fredelyne Dolores, and Command Senior Chief Dedrick Walker USNS Mercy Two Hospital Corpsman HM1 Courtez Brown: I am a respiratory therapist aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Serving on Mercy has been such a humbling yet inspiring experience. My …

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Just Simple Logistics

The crew mans the rails to honor the men that lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

By 2LT Marianne Saltnes and Sgt. Marthe Brendefur 10,435 nautical miles to Pearl Harbor. 6 months at sea. “Fox” surely demonstrates Norway’s will to support USA in their areas of interest.   “Is Norway a country?” “Where is it?” The questions were many when we arrived in Pearl Harbor and …

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Alone, but Never Lonely

By Cmdr. Karsten Berg Royal Norwegian Navy Commander What’s it like to be the single representative for your country in Pacific Warfighting Center (PWC) and Pearl Harbor? When I arrived in Pearl Harbor, my luggage didn’t. So my first evening at Hale Alii was spent in the clothes I had …

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