The United States Navy has released several photos of Philippine Navy frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF 17) and landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602) entering Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii on June 25 (morning of June 26, Manila time) to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018.
700 sailors and Marines and an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter are embarked on the two Philippine Navy ships.
“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.
RIMPAC will officially start on June 27 and will end August 2.
“The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans,” the US Navy said.
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.
Sources: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/4512545/brp-davao-del-sur-ld-602-enters-pearl-harbor-preparation-rimpac-2018; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1039498; http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/06/22/let-rimpac-2018-be-our-finest-hour