“We are welcoming visiting ships and participants from 26 nations who are bringing 25,000 personnel to Hawaii – to the best homeport and duty station in the world,” said Rear Admiral Brian Fort, Commander of United States Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.
Surface ships and submarines of 26 participating nations with 25,000 personnel aboard are all coming to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) set to start this week.
“From Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, RIMPAC participants deploy to train at Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, and in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The people of Hawaii understand and support our need for realistic training with our partners,” Rear Admiral Fort said.
“Let us dedicate ourselves to having another exciting, safe and rewarding RIMPAC this summer. Let us commit to superior training, cooperation and readiness, building partnerships, and strengthening friendships,” he said. “Let this RIMPAC be our finest hour in 2018.”
Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam are all participating.
Philippines, Singapore, India, Japan, and US ships participated in a group sail to Hawaii. US also conducted a group sail with Chile, Peru, France, and Canada.
Sources: http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/06/22/let-rimpac-2018-be-our-finest-hour; https://www.mindef.gov.sg/web/portal/mindef/news-and-events/latest-releases/article-detail/2018/june/24jun18_nr; https://www.flickr.com/photos/compacflt/42951750962/in/photostream/