First in history: PHL sending 1 to 2 ships for RIMPAC

The Philippine Navy is expected to send 1 to 2 ships for the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), participated by 26 nations. RIMPAC is being hosted biennially by United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet.

The Philippine Navy has been participating in the said international maritime warfare exercise by sending personnel.

“For the first time in its history, the Philippine Navy will be sending not one, but probably two naval ships at best to RIMPAC 2018,” MaxDefense Philippines said.

According to MaxDefense, “one of the Philippine Navy’s Del Pilar-class frigate will be joining the US-led multinational fleet exercises, with a high chance of having one of the Tarlac-class landing platform dock and a large contingent from the Philippine Marine Corps joining as well.”

“Although not mentioned, MaxDefense believes that the PN contingent may also include at least 2 AW109 helicopters from the Naval Air Group, based on previous foreign deployments made by the Philippine Navy last year,” it added.

RIMPAC Final Planning Conference was held on April 3 hosted by US 3rd Fleet.

“The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971,” the US Navy said.