RIMPAC 2016

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  1. Falcon

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    26 Nations to Participate in World's Largest Maritime Exercise

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    SAN DIEGO - Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

    The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

    Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2016 will be led by U.S. Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), who will serve as the Combined Task Force (CTF) commander. Royal Australian Navy Rear Adm. Scott Bishop will serve as deputy commander of the CTF, and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Rear Adm. Koji Manabe as the vice commander. Other key leaders of the multinational force will include Commodore Malcolm Wise of the Royal Australian Navy, who will command the maritime component; Brig. Gen. Blaise Frawley of the Royal Canadian Air Force, who will command the air component; and the amphibious task force will be led by Royal New Zealand Navy Commodore James Gilmour.

    Three nations, Denmark, Germany, and Italy will participate in RIMPAC for the first time, in 2016.

    This year the Trident Warrior experimentation series, will highlight fleet innovation during the see amphibious operations in the Southern California operating area, and feature a harpoon missile shoot from an LCS, the U.S. Navy's newest surface platform.

    The theme of RIMPAC 2016 is "Capable, Adaptive, Partners." The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air defense exercises as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations.

    This year's exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People's Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

    Unfortunately, due to unforeseen scheduling commitments, Brazil is unable to participate in RIMPAC '16. We value our partnership with the Brazilian Navy and look forward to them taking part in RIMPAC 2018.

    http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/P...s-Largest-Maritime-Exercise.aspx#.V3RMw1cWxw8
     
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    Wouldn't China's presence in RIMPAC would compromise everything, I mean it is like letting a spoiled kid into a party despite the said spoiled kid keeps terrorizing others with its annoying antics.
     
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    The article says that exercise includes exercises like maritime security, and disaster relief. I think that these could be the exercises China participates in but I do not know for sure I am just guessing. It would make sense to allow them into the sea control and war fighting exercises unless of course we are trying to create disinformation.
     
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    Wouldn't China's presence in RIMPAC would compromise everything, I mean it is like letting a spoiled kid into a party despite the said spoiled kid keeps terrorizing others with its annoying antics.
    But back in RIMPAC 2014, China sent a surveillance ship, as if spying on something. They may do something similar to that incident back in 2014 - it could be an aircraft, drone, a new Chinese submarine.
     
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    Everyone in RIMPAC is pretty much on the opposite side of the fence when it comes to China's military policy in the pacific.
     
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    Russian Spy Ship Now Off Hawaii, U.S. Navy Protecting ‘Critical Information’

    Moscow has dispatched a specialized spy ship off the coast of Hawaii with the likely mission to monitor the U.S. Navy led Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise, USNI News has learned.

    A Russian Navy Bal’zam-class, “auxiliary general intelligence ship recently arrived in international waters off Hawaii where exercise Rim of the Pacific is taking place,” U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Clint Ramsden told USNI News this week.
    “The ship’s presence has not affected the conduct of the exercise and we’ve taken all precautions necessary to protect our critical information.”

    While it wasn’t unusual at all in during the Cold War for Russian spy ships to linger off the coast of the U.S. to suck up signals intelligence information or monitor exercises like RIMPAC, the Russians have been lax in their surveillance until recently.

    “It used to be that AGIs would deploy regularly off their ports and we would encounter them and they would operate very safely and professionally — mostly looking for signals intelligence,” Bryan Clark, a naval analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and former aide to retired Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, told USNI News.

    Following the March 2014 seizure of the Crimean region of Ukraine, the Russian Navy has operated more aggressively returning to levels not seen since the Cold War.

    Given the participation of 25 countries, almost 50 of ships, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel operating during the exercise, it would make sense for the Russians to listen in, Clark said.

    https://news.usni.org/2016/07/06/ru...waii-u-s-navy-protecting-critical-information
     
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    Circa 1985 during that years Ocean Safari exercise:

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    Another near Hawaii in 1991 - notice the very Soviet rust.

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    And one being visited by a Tomcat:

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    Obviously the USN is familiar with these ships and has contingencies for them, and similar craft, say from China, as they show up.

    Kind of cool to see them sailing near US waters again, though. It's been a while.

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    Norge is taking part, but I've no pics yet.
     
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2016) (From left) Mine countermeasures ship USS Champion (MCM 4), Royal Canadian Navy Kingston-class coastal defense vessel Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Yellowknife (MM 706), amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), Royal Canadian Navy Kingston-class coastal defense vessel Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Saskatoon (MM 709), and littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) steam in during the Southern California portion of the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy M. Atkins Ricks/Released)

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    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2016) An MH-53E Sea Dragon attached to Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 flies above the Pacific Ocean during the Southern California portion of the Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy M. Atkins Ricks/Released)

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    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2016) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) transits the Pacific Ocean after departing Naval Base San Diego July 9, to participate in the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stacy M. Atkins Ricks/Released)
     
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    U.S. Marine Corporal Workman controls a Multi-Utility Tactical Transport (MUTT) as he covers a position on a hillside as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 exercises held at Camp Pendleton, California United States, July 13, 2016.
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    U.S. Marines catch some sleep at sunrise during multi-day training as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 exercise held at Camp Pendleton, California, July 13, 2016.
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