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47-Ship RIMPAC Exercise Kicks Off Tomorrow

USS Sterett (DDG-104), front, participates in a photo exercise with Chilean Frigate Almirante Lynch (FF-07), second, Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH-341), third, French Navy Floreal-class frigate FS Prairial (F-731), fourth, United States Coast Guard Cutter USCHC Bertholf (WMSL-750), fifth, the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), sixth, and Royal Canadian Navy commercial container ship Asterix. US Navy Photo

About 25,000 naval personnel and 52 ships and submarines from 26 countries will participate in this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, which begins on Wednesday.

RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime exercise, includes rehearsal scenarios that cover disaster relief, amphibious operations, anti-piracy work, missile shots, mine clearance, maritime security, anti-submarine warfare and air defense operations, according to a statement released by U.S. 3rd Fleet.

During the course of the exercise, a series of live-fire events are scheduled, including: a long-range anti-ship missile (LRASM) shot by a U.S. Air Force aircraft; a surface-to-ship missile shot by members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force; and a naval strike missile (NSM) shot by the U.S. Army from a launcher on the back of a palletized load system (PLS), marking the first time a land-based unit is participating in a RIMPAC live-fire event, according to the 3rd Fleet statement.

Joining the U.S. military this year at RIMPAC are forces from the following nations: Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

China had initially been invited to participate in this year’s RIMPAC but had its invitation revoked in May due to the nation’s continued militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea, according to Pentagon officials.

In total, the exercise will involve 26 nations, 25,000 personnel, land forces from 18 countries, 47 surface ships, five submarines and more than 200 aircraft. The exercise spans from June 27 to Aug. 2 in both the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.


HMAS Adelaide (L01). US Navy Photo

HMAS Adelaide (L-01)
HMAS Melbourne (FFG-05)
HMAS Rankin (SSG-78)
HMAS Success (OR-304)
HMAS Toowoomba (FFH-156)


HMCS Ottawa (FFH-341). US Navy Photo

HMCS Ottawa (FFH-341)
HMCS Vancouver (FFH-331)
HMCS Whitehorse (MM-705)
HMCS Yellowknife (MM-706)
MV Asterix


CNS Almirante Lynch (FF-07)

CNS Almirante Lynch (FF-07)


FS Prairial (F-731). Royal New Zealand Navy Photo

FS Prairial (F-731)


INS Sahyadri (F-49)

INS Sahyadri (F-49)


KRI Martadinata (331)

KRI Makassar (590)
KRI Martadinata (OPV-331)


JS Ise (DDH-182) and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110). US Navy Photo

JS Ise (DDH-182)


KD Lekiu (FFG-30)

KD Lekiu (FFG-30)


The Mexican Navy tank landing ship ARM Usumacinta (A-412) arrives at Naval Base San Diego for the Rim of the Pacific 2016 exercise June 29, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

ARM Usumacinta (A-412)

New Zealand

HMNZS Te Mana (F-111). New Zealand Navy Photo

HMNZS Te Mana (F-111)


BAP Ferré (PM-211) US Navy Photo

BAP Ferré (PM-211)


BRP Andrés Bonifacio (FF-17)

BRP Andrés Bonifacio (FF-17)
BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602)


Republic of Singapore navy guided-missile frigate RSS Tenacious (71) enters Pearl Harbor in preparation for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 on June 25, 2018. US Navy Photo

RSS Tenacious (71)

South Korea

ROK Dae Jo Yeong (DDH-977)

ROKS Dae Jo Yeong (DDH-977)
ROKS Park Wi (SS-065)
ROKS Yulgok Yi (DDG-992)

United States

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on June 20, 2018. US Navy Photo

USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750)
USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7 )
USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10)
USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187)
USNS Mercy (T-AH-19)
USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204)
USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171)
USS Ardent (MCM-12)
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6)
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)
USS Dewey (DDG-105)
USS Halsey (DDG-97)
USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49)
USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26)
USS Lake Champlain (CG-57)
USS Lake Erie (CG-70)
USS Momsen (DDG-92)
USS O’Kane (DDG-77)
USS Preble (DDG-88)
USS Sterett (DDG-104)
USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110)
HOS Mystique, a private construction vessel similar to ones owned by HOS Hornbeck and chartered by the U.S. Navy in the past to perform submarine and special warfare support, according to the company website.

  • Duane

    Interesting to see the Army testing the NSM for purposes of land based anti ship warfare.

    • Todd

      Where’s your mighty LCS battle fleet? Did they all suddenly get a hang-nail?

  • PolicyWonk

    And not an LCS to be seen…


  • omegatalon

    South Korea is participating.. which means they will be conducting in war games with the United States.

  • WhiskyTangoFoxtrot

    Where’s your mighty battle frigate (aka LCS) fleet admiral? The world wonders?
    But before we dive too deep let’s take stock of the facts
    1. The entire free world’s Navies are all there (Pacific rim)
    2. They conduct serious war games during this exercise
    3. They test processes, comms, strategy, flexibility, availability, capabilities, systems and WEAPONS
    4. The whole exercise is designed to test the ability to conduct ‘war.’
    5. China was not invited this years because they are bad.
    6. There are no LCS in this major show of strength and capability exercise.
    7. Heck, even the Coast Guard and ‘private’ ships will be there.

    Now that we have the facts, what we can extrapolate the following:
    1. The LCS is not capable of real Navy stuff
    2. The LCS has nothing to add to the exercise
    3. The LCS has nothing to add to the fleet
    4. The real Navy requires real warships, and the LCS is not one, therefore it wasn’t invited.
    5. Even Coast Guard ships are more valued than the LCS

    Next, we can estimate your response:
    1. “Sheesh” x 1000
    2. Lot and lots of excuses
    3. “But the LCS is all tied up in dry docks this year…”
    4. “You’re old and don’t understand, the LCS is the future…”
    5. Repetition of very old lines “But the LCS is the most powerful, most capable, blah blah blah…”

    • Lucas Shaver

      The Coast Guard has been participating in RIMPAC for many years, and other naval exercises and war games. It’s a good way for them to train on their interoperability with the Navy.

      • publius_maximus_III

        Where are all the ocean-going tugs? Oh, that’s right. No Russian vessels.

        • Grey Forest

          It said it right there USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171).

          • publius_maximus_III

            Snark withdrawn.

        • Berman Mo

          Russian aircraft carriers comes with its own tug free of charge. Make your best offer on EBAY

    • .Hugo.

      china is “bad” when it can defy the u.s. hegemony in the south china sea.

      • Todd

        Oh, I forgot, the ‘entire’ south china sea belongs to china, so it’s ok for them to sink other countries ships, kill their sailors, destroy coral reefs by building artificial islands then making military bases out of them, bullying other little countries in the region to let them drill for oil in their territorial waters, send vast fleets of fishing boats into territorials waters of other countries while fishing them dry then sending in warships after anyone who protests. All of these are ‘good’ behaviors because china says so. Please forgive my ignorance of chinese ‘culture.’ Now go back to your polluted com mu nist s h i t h o le and wor ship X i, your g o d, some more.

        • .Hugo.

          “entire” scs? i can see vietnam is doing that too (and decades after china’s maritime border announcement), while china is claiming its own islands + territorial waters & eez (unclos rights)
          killing sailors? that’s what the philippine coast guard has done after failing to extort the fishermen. see the gdx28 case.
          destroy coral reefs? the same sand from the same seabed was used to cover already dead coral, that’s how nature behaves too. grounding of ships by the u.s. navy, and by letting ground ship to rust by the philippines are destroying the reefs instead.
          drilling and fishing rights within the eez are reserved to the country which owns it. when it is chinese eez, china has absolute right to manage its own resources. perhaps you don’t understand as the u.s. has refused to sign on unclos? 🙂
          see how the u.s. double standards applied when talking “good” and “bad” behaviors by countries it likes and dislikes?
          pollution? for sure we first learned about ozone gases and acid rain from the u.s. cities. china is only going through the same stage the u.s. has.
          by the way, china has not withdrawn from any climate treaty to keep a better environment. 🙂

          • BMC retired

            Just wait until the U.S. pulls out it’s 327 dash line claiming the entire Pacific ocean as our own (it’s a very ancient manuscript).

          • .Hugo.

            feel free to do so IF the u.s. has the historical title (quite impossible as it is only a bit more than 240 years old. your “very ancient manuscript” could belong to the native americans instead of the white invaders. 🙂

          • BMC retired

            You’re so funny chi n a m an , the USA has been around a lot longer than your precious polluted s h i t co mm unist s h it hole the People Republic of China at only 69 years. There’s nothing historic about your little nine dash line (it sucks to be so short eh?). Now run off and talk to Tibet natives about ch in k invaders.

          • .Hugo.

            the u.s. has a history of a little more than 240 years, and you say it has a much longer history, that’s great, hehe….
            the “people’s republic” is just a ruling form, while china has been around for centuries ruled by different dynasties. china started to officially rule the scs islands since the yuan dynasty, what was there in the u.s. at that time? 😀

    • publius_maximus_III

      Picket duty at edge of SCS.

    • jack anderson

      where is Gabby Giffles when you need her?

    • PolicyWonk

      In all fairness, the Coronado (LCS 4 – Independence class) did participate in the 2016 RIMPAC, as did the Independence itself in 2014.

      No Freedom variant has participated.

      • Ziv Bnd

        The Independence got a Bravo Zulu from the Reagan Strike Group commander in 2014, so they did something right. Maybe the Navy can salvage something from this program, but if they do, it will probably be the Independence variant, not the Freedom. The Independence Class has been fully shock tested, which hasn’t happened with the Freedoms yet, if memory serves. Supposedly the Indy and the Coronado are both going to deploy next year, but we will see. Maybe RIMPAC in 2020. I am not sure whether the Jackson is going to deploy next year or not.

        • PolicyWonk

          The independence class has a simpler propulsion system – still fairly complex, but less accident prone than the Freedom variants.

          The Independence class is a more innovative design, but considering its all-aluminum construction, and the lessons learned about aluminum ships resulting from the Falkland Islands war, that makes it a bitter pill for a lot of folks to swallow.

          Admittedly an ugly choice: more reliable/innovative design with all-aluminum construction; or a traditional design with a less reliable propulsion system, with a hull built with steel (superstructure is still aluminum).

          • Graeme Rymill

            “the lessons learned about aluminum ships resulting from the Falkland Islands war”

            Two Type 42 all steel destroyers were sunk; two Type 21 frigates with steel hulls and aluminium superstructure were also sunk. The US Department of the Navy’s 1983 “Lessons of the Falklands: summary report” states “there is no evidence that the use of aluminum contributed to the loss of any of the British combat ships”.

  • Not a single Royal Navy ship shame!

    • jack anderson

      or German

    • Ziv Bnd

      The idea is that it is going to be navies that are from the Pacific Rim, so it isn’t completely surprising. Denmark, Germany and Colombia showed up in 2014.

  • Well, its obvious. China will get sanction to those countries participating in this event. Let see in the coming months.

  • This is a perfect event for all participants. Exchange of views, ideas and plans.
    A prospect enemy…. China and Russia.
    Hope and pray more country will participate in Rimpac 2019 with the exception of China.

  • Nokor will be invited next years Rimpac I guess.

    • BOB!!

      Since RIMPAC is only held in even numbered years, next year’s would be a good RIMPAC to invite them to.

    • Kelly J

      NorK has to get a ship that can make it that far first.

  • Ole Salt

    Good to see Singapore Navy & our close neighbours Malaysia & Indonesia participating in RIMPAC 2018. Bravo Zulu to all participants. Ole Salt AV

  • James Bowen

    I am surprised at how few Japanese ships are participating this year.

  • publius_maximus_III

    Dang, sounds like the Spanish Armada, 7th Fleet-style.

  • publius_maximus_III

    Seven USN DDG’s — oh, yeah!

  • Ed L

    Glad to see that the Newport class LST’s are still around. The Mexican Navy Usumacinta (ARM A-412), formerly the USS Frederick (LST-1184) sold in 2002

  • Kypros

    An LCS or two participating would have made a positive statement…..

    • Retired

      Fyi, the entire LCS battle fleet is tied to the dry-docks all this year-getting their nails done.

      • Kypros

        Apparently so!

        • Retired

          SECNAV announced yesterday; “In light of the LCS contributions and it’s continuing fight for littoral justice “no littoral no peace” they say, I have decided to rename this entire class of ships to better reflect it’s abilities going forward, so today I rename the LCS fleet the; RAINBOW WARRIOR class and I move them to the US Navy affiliated ship fleet (USNAS) in San Francisso where will have they’re own dedicated drydocks to serve them 24×7. LCS-1 will be renamed the USNAS Unicorn, the LCS-2 the USNAS Pink Pony, LCS-3 the USNAS Teddy Bear, and LCS-4 will be the USNAS Vivid Imagination. We’re still working on names for the other Rainbow warriors ships, so stay turned. But overall, the USNAS ships will be called upon during times of national emergency such as a regional toilet paper shortage, swarms of party boats to clear out, or even temporary lack of safe places for Millennials, I have no doubt that the USNAC fleet will rise to occasion…”

  • jack anderson

    would be nice to see some of the old Kidd class, wonder why they weren’t invited to the party?

  • John Rapisarda

    I hope every participating sailor gets lei’d.

  • Ed

    FYI, Indonesian warship KRI R. E. Martadinata 331 is not an offshore patrol vessel, it’s a guided missile Frigate.

  • thumpgunner

    i wonder which of our old ships will be sunk as target practice this time?