RIMPAC 2020 features BRP Jose Rizal, sonar woman

The Philippine Navy’s BRP Jose Rizal and one of its personnel Sonar Woman (SN2) Cheska R. de Castro were featured in the ongoing RIMPAC 2020.

Screengrabbed from US NAVY video

The theme for this year’s RIMPAC is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners”

Participating in RIMPAC 2020 are 22 surface ships, one submarine, multiple aircraft and approximately 5,300 personnel from Australia, Brunei, Canada, France, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States will join forces until August 31.

“This year’s RIMPAC exercise will include several realistic, high-end warfighting training events including live gunnery and missile firings, a sinking exercise, multinational anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, air defense, replenishment at sea, maneuvering and maritime interdictions operations where all nations will function as interoperable task forces,” US Pacific Fleet commander Admiral John C. Aquilino said.

“The at-sea-only construct for RIMPAC 2020 is an innovative solution to hold the exercise while ensuring the safety of all military forces participating by minimizing shore-based contingents. This modified plan allows us to conduct a meaningful exercise with maximum training value and minimum risk to the force, allies and partners, and the people of Hawaii,” Admiral Aquilino said.