PHL NAVSOG, other special forces hold rope insertion, extraction training at RIMPAC

Members of Philippine Navy Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) with special forces teams from Indonesia, Peru, and South Korea underwent a Fast Rope Insertion & Extraction System (FRIES) training on June 27 as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 being held in Hawaii.

The training was led by United States Army’s 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (ABN).

After demonstrations and lecture, special forces team from several participating navies conducted actual insertion and extraction using MH-60s attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Four (HSC-4).

“Twenty-five nations, more than 45 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to August 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California,” the US Navy said.

“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 on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971,” it added.