Pacific Ocean – USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37) conducts Replenishment at Sea with HMNZS Endeavor in support of RIMPAC 2012.
The New Zealand oiler is one of over 40 ships from 22 nations participating in the 2012 Rim of the Pacific exercise. Operating approximately 150 miles from Naval Station Pearl Harbor, the two ships conducted a routine, yet inherently dangerous, evolution. Both ships safely and successfully completed the operation gaining valued experience.
“The ships close to within 130 ft of each other for upwards of 2 hours to complete refueling.” Said Boatswain Mate (SW) 2nd Class DeQuinte Kimbro. “It’s exhilarating to conduct this type of evolution.”
The two ships continue to operate in the pacific completing a myriad of missions designed to strengthen international relationships. Building on strong naval relationships, RIMPAC gives many nations a chance to integrate, share and cooperate to enhance their naval effectiveness.