Multinational RIMPAC 2020 exercises concluded
The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020 international maritime exercise ended Aug 31 after two weeks of at-sea-only training activities held across the Hawaiian Islands, the US Navy Pacific Fleet.
The event this year included 53 replenishment-at-sea operations, 101 cargo pallets distributed, more than 16,000 rounds of small arms munitions shot, more than 1,000 large caliber guns fired, 13 missiles spent, and 1,100 pounds of mail shipped.
The exercise this year involves troops from Australia, Brunei, Canada, France, Japan , New Zealand, the Philippine Republic, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and the United States.
The at-sea-only construction for RIMPAC 2020 was designed to ensure the safety of all participating military forces by reducing contingents on the shore, while striking a balance between battling potential adversaries.
Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet designed the updated RIMPAC plan as a way to carry out a realistic exercise with optimum training value and minimal risk to the military, allies and partners, and the Hawaiian people.
This is the first time this RIMPAC marks a non-U.S. Military officer, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Capt. Phillipa Hay commanded a RIMPAC task force of more than 2,500 Sailors.
“Our formidable team of capable, adaptive partners has spent the last two weeks demonstrating that we have the resolve and ability to operate together in these challenging times,” said Vice Adm. Scott Conn, US 3rd Fleet commander.
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