Category Archives: Foreign Forces

VIDEO: Navy P-8As Use RIMPAC to Collaborate with Indian Navy, Practice in High-Traffic Environment

VIDEO: Navy P-8As Use RIMPAC to Collaborate with Indian Navy, Practice in High-Traffic Environment

A Patrol Squadron 47 P-8A Poseidon returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 24. US Navy photo.

OFF THE COAST OF HAWAII – A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon flying at low altitude spent the better part of three hours pulling hairpin turns and looping through the airspace, working in a grid to drop sonobuoys that would listen for sounds in the water and help the aircraft close in on an “enemy” submarine below. Read More

Chile's Rise Through RIMPAC Ranks Has Shaped Armada Operations at Home

Chile’s Rise Through RIMPAC Ranks Has Shaped Armada Operations at Home

Canadian Lt. Col. Ray Townsend, Commander, Task Group (CTG) 172.1, middle, speaks with Chilean Navy Rear Admiral Pablo Niemann Figari, Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander, left, during a tour of CTG-172.1 Mobile Tactical Operations Center (MTOC) on Marine Corps Base Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise. US Navy Photo

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HAWAII – Chile’s unlikely rise to leadership at the Rim of the Pacific biennial international exercise has allowed its naval officers to bring back an array of lessons learned to the Armada de Chile, which deals with a unique set of challenges. Read More

VIDEO: RIMPAC Showcases the Evolution, Expansion of Australia's Amphibious Force

VIDEO: RIMPAC Showcases the Evolution, Expansion of Australia’s Amphibious Force

A CH-53E Super Stallion takes off the flight deck of the Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Adelaide (L01) during an amphibious demonstration as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 29. US Navy photo.

ABOARD HMAS ADELAIDE, OFF THE COAST OF HAWAII – Australia’s amphibious force was a breakout star of the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercise, being thrust into visible leadership role when the U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship suffered mechanical failures and remained pierside for most of the at-sea exercise. Read More

Panel: Expansion of U.S. Arms Sales Tool to Expand American Influence

Panel: Expansion of U.S. Arms Sales Tool to Expand American Influence

Boeing P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The administration’s goal in streamlining the process for American defense contractors to grow their sales internationally and bringing in unmanned aerial systems is a race for global influence that goes well beyond the marketplace, government and industry association panelists agreed on Wednesday. Read More

DoD Official: U.S. Committed to Countering Chinese Military Intimidation in South East Asia

DoD Official: U.S. Committed to Countering Chinese Military Intimidation in South East Asia

A naval soldier of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) views through a pair of binoculars onboard China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning as it visits a military harbor on the South China Sea. Xinhua Photo

While revoking China’s invitation from the Rim of the Pacific 2018 maritime exercises was a symbolic move, it sent a signal that the United States is willing to confront Beijing and maintain American leadership in the Western Pacific, the top Pentagon official for the region said Tuesday. Read More

U.K. Defence Secretary: ‘Never Underestimate My Nation’

U.K. Defence Secretary: ‘Never Underestimate My Nation’

U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson meeting U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis in London on Nov. 10, 2017. DoD Photo

The United Kingdom is set to its maintain its position as a global power by sea power investments in its new class of Dreadnought nuclear ballistic missile submarine and its new class of frigates, the U.K. Secretary of State for Defence said on Tuesday. Read More

Pentagon Keeping Tabs on Iranian Naval Exercise

Pentagon Keeping Tabs on Iranian Naval Exercise

Undated photo of IRGCN fast attack boat.

THE PENTAGON — U.S. officials confirmed they were monitoring Iranian naval exercises in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, but had little to say about the activity involving up to 100 vessels and intended to showcase the nation’s desire to be the regional maritime security power.

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VIDEO: U.S. AAVs, Australian Amphib Make Effective Pairing in RIMPAC 2018

VIDEO: U.S. AAVs, Australian Amphib Make Effective Pairing in RIMPAC 2018

U.S. Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) return to Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Adelaide (L01) after picking up ground troops on the island of Hawaii on July 22. The U.S. and Australian forces proved their equipment was more effective together than either was separately, during the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercise. USNI News photo

ABOARD HMAS ADELAIDE, OFF THE COAST OF HAWAII – As U.S. Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) lined up in the well dock of the Australian amphibious assault ship HMAS Adelaide (L01) to head to the big island of Hawaii, the vehicle operators had all the hatches open. Read More

RIMPAC Innovation Fair Highlights Range of Solutions to Common Maritime Challenges

RIMPAC Innovation Fair Highlights Range of Solutions to Common Maritime Challenges

Republic of Indonesia Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bayu Edy uses BEMR Lab’s Virtual Equipment Environment (V2E) virtual reality system at the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 Innovation Fair June 28. US Navy Photo

PEARL HARBOR – Countries participating in the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercise had a chance to show off their most innovative solutions to maritime challenges – from high-end game-changers like a virtual reality system to help corpsmen perform battlefield surgeries, to more simple but highly applicable items like a floating damage control bag. Read More

RIMPAC 2018 Important to Validating Command and Control of Multinational Task Groups

RIMPAC 2018 Important to Validating Command and Control of Multinational Task Groups

U.S. Marine Corps AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, unload service members during an amphibious landing demonstration as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pyramid Rock Beach on Marine Corps Base Hawaii July 29, 2018. US Marine Corps photo.

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM AND ABOARD HMAS ADELAIDE OFF THE COAST OF HAWAII – The biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise wraps up in Hawaii this week after giving 25 participating nations a chance to work with partners they couldn’t otherwise afford to collaborate with, perform roles they otherwise would struggle to learn and perform naval missions at a scale unseen anywhere else in the world. Read More