Held every two years by Commander, US Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), Exercise RIM-OF-THE-PACIFIC (RIMPAC 2012) is the world’s largest multilateral live-fire maritime training exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
This year's RIMPAC exercise, the 23rd in the series that began in 1971, is scheduled from June 27 to August 7, with an opening reception scheduled for June 29 and closing reception August 3. Twenty-two nations, 40 surface ships, 6 submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate. Units from Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, and the United States will participate. Military personnel from Colombia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Republic of Philippines, Thailand, Tonga and the United Kingdom will also participate.
The US sponsored exercise is a unique training opportunity that aims to enhance the interoperability of the combined forces and involves war-fighting exercises, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) and maritime security operations. The exercise also enables participants to foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. Approximately 1,100 Australian sailors, soldiers, airmen and women are participating on RIMPAC 2012.
Australian Army personnel from the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) are working with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines in the Hawaii area. Engineers from 3 Combat Engineer Regiment (3 CER) and 4th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (4 REGT, RAA) are supporting the infantry along with medical specialists.
During the exercise, the soldiers will conduct training in urban operations at the Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows, live fire exercises and training onboard the United States Ship Essex (USS Essex).
Australian Defence Force Participation
- HMAS Darwin (FFG 04)
- HMAS Perth (III) (FFH 157)
- HMAS Farncomb (SSG 74)
- S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter
- Clearance Diving Team One - Explosive ordnance disposal and mine countermeasures
- Autonomous underwater vehicle
- 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (external link) (1 RAR)
- AP-3C Orion (external link) MPA (Royal Australian Air Force)
- E7A Wedgetail (external link) AEW&C (Royal Australian Air Force)