- After participating in the 2010 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, USS Ford (FFG 54) returned to homeport Naval Station Everett Aug. 14. RIMPAC is a unique opportunity that brings together various navies from around the world to practice multinational fleet exercises off the coast of Hawaii.
During training exercises with transiting ships en route to Hawaii for RIMPAC, several crewmembers had the opportunity to cross deck to other ships including Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Jacob Moody who rode the Australian ship HMAS Newcastle (FFG 06).
“I learned a lot about Australian customs and courtesies,” said Moody. “It was awesome and I had a great time.”
The transit ended with a photo exercise involving 10 ships sailing within 500 yards off each other in a diamond formation.
Upon arrival to Pearl Harbor, the ship’s morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) team offered crew members an opportunity to compete in sporting events against other participating countries as well as excursion opportunities for tours, hiking, scuba diving and more. Ford participated in basketball, softball, singles and doubles tennis, inner tube water polo, soccer, a 5k run, and bowling.
On July 4, the crew of Ford shared in the rich naval heritage and historical significance of Pearl Harbor. Joint Base Pearl Harbor hosted a July 4 celebration with Michelle Branch and comedian Sinbad performing for Sailors and their families. The night ended with huge displays of colorful fireworks.
After liberty in Hawaii, Ford ventured out for three weeks of RIMPAC exercises, which kept the crew immersed in tactical operations. The schedule was full with events focused to increase proficiency in undersea warfare, electronic warfare, group exercises and communications. The final exercise included various scenarios where Ford simulated opposing shipping traffic.
Upon conclusion of RIMPAC, Ford and other ships returned to Pearl Harbor, for closing ceremonies and a reception on board USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
The crew was rewarded with five days of rest before heading out again to participate in a tri-lateral exercise with Japan and South Korean before returning home.