Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC)

Video / September 10, 2014


Oahu, Hawaii

Aerial view of harbour.

Navy ships from countries participating in RIMPAC sail in and out of harbour.

A Canadian submarine is amongst the ships.

Sailors board ships.

Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen Tom Lawson arrives to greet participants.

A video montage follows with footage of participating ships, boats, tanks, aircraft, land forces and helicopters.The final frames show the participants sailing and/or flying away from Hawaii.

Approximately 1,000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and airmen and airwomen participated in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 combined and joint maritime exercise that took place near the Hawaiian Islands from June 26 to August 1. Scheduled and coordinated by the U.S. Navy Third Fleet, RIMPAC offered senior members of the Canadian Forces an opportunity to assume positions of leadership, further enhancing Canada’s ability to work with other nations of the Asia-Pacific region. RIMPAC 2014 involved forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, designed to prepare military forces to work together in missions ranging from providing humanitarian aid to full combat operations. It began as an annual exercise in 1971 and since 1974 has been scheduled every other year. The endurance of this exercise demonstrates the value of bringing international forces together to train and improve their ability to operate in a joint and combined multinational force environment. Canada, along with only Australia and the United States, has participated in RIMPAC since its inception.

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