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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 31, 2016) The nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) conducts helicopter operations at sunset during 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 1st Class Jason Noble/Released)
US Navy Participates in Multilateral Exercise Following RIMPAC

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Republic of Korea navy (ROKN), Royal Australian navy (RAN), Royal Canadian navy (RCN), United States Navy (USN) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) participated in a post Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multilateral exercise Aug. 5-9.

Participating maritime units in the Hawaii area included U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83), Her Majesty's Canadian ship (HMCS) Vancouver (FFH 331), Republic of Korea ships (ROKS) Kang Gam Chan (DDH 979) and Sejong the Great (DDG 991), Japanese ship (JS) Hyuga (DDH 181), and Her Majesty's Australian ship (HMAS) Warramunga (FFH-252).

Participating aircraft included two MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters embarked on Howard, one CH-124A Sea King embarked on Vancouver, two MK-21A Super Lynx helicopters embarked on Kang Gam Chan and Sejong the Great, one SH-60J Sea Hawk helicopter and two SH-60K helicopters embarked on Hyuga, and one C-130H Hercules from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).

As previously demonstrated in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014, post-RIMPAC exercises between JMSDF, RAN, ROKN, USN and USCG are conducted to enhance security cooperation and interoperability, while also building a strong working relationship between all participating nations. This year also included maritime forces from RCN.

U.S. and partner nations regularly participate in exercises together, the most recent being RIMPAC 2016.

Multilateral exercises strengthen our alliances and enhance stability and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The ability to work together at sea benefits the collective security interests of all five nations.

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