Navy chief confirms 2 ships participating in RIMPAC for very first time

Chief of Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad confirmed that the Philippines is sending 2 ships to participate in the largest multilateral maritime warfare exercise in the world, Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC).

“This coming July, the Navy will be sending two ships and one AW109 [helicopters] with 700 sailors and Marines onboard for the very first time to participate in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii,” Vice Admiral Empedrad said at the 120th anniversary celebration of Philippine Navy at Coconut Palace, CCP Complex, Manila on May 22.

He said RIMPAC 2018 will be joined by 30 other navies.

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

MaxDefense Philippines in April said that the Philippine Navy is expected to send one Del Pilar-class frigate and one Tarlac-class landing platform dock with a large contingent of Philippine Marine Corps.

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.