International warships hold group sail, photo exercise at RIMPAC 2018

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Navy ships participating in the Rim of Pacific exercise (RIMPAC) 2018 conducted a group sail and photo exercise on July 26 in the Pacific Ocean.

US Navy photo

“The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships between participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea-lanes and security on the world’s oceans,” the US Navy said.

According to US Navy, twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, and about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC 2018.

RIMPAC 2018 started June 27 and will officially end August 2.

US Navy photo

US Navy photo

Philippine Navy sent landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) together with an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter and 700 sailors and Marines to participate in RIMPAC 2018.

Sources: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/4596447/group-sail-formation-during-rimpac-2018; https://www.dvidshub.net/image/4596541/multinational-fleet-conducts-rimpac-2018-photo-exercise-breakaway