“The growing security environment in the Pacific demands now more than ever that like-minded nations join forces to build trust and collective strength to ensure a continuing free and open Pacific for all nations. It is my honor to be standing side-by-side with capable, adaptive partners hosting Rim of the Pacific 2020 exercise (RIMPAC),” US Navy Pacific Fleet commander Admiral John C. Aquilino said on the occasion of RIMPAC 2020 opening.
For this year’s RIMPAC, Australia and Republic of Korea are serving as task forces commanders responsible for directing, monitoring and safety of assigned force while executing the RIMPAC schedule of events. They will report directly to the RIMPAC lead, commander, US 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. Scott D. Conn.
22 surface ships, one submarine, multiple aircraft and approximately 5,300 personnel from Australia, Brunei, Canada, France, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States will operate together until August 31.
“This year’s RIMPAC exercise will include several realistic, high-end warfighting training events including live gunnery and missile firings, a sinking exercise, multinational anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, air defense, replenishment at sea, maneuvering and maritime interdictions operations where all nations will function as interoperable task forces,” Admiral Aquilino said.