US nuclear-powered supercarrier now en route to RIMPAC

United States Navy Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed San Diego, California on June 18 to participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise to be held in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

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“This is a chance for us to showcase what we do and strengthen relationships with our international partners,” said Carl Vinson’s commanding officer Captain Matthew Paradise. “There are a lot of opportunities to build camaraderie.”

RIMPAC 2018 will start June 27 and will end on August 2. A total of 50 surface ships and submarines, and representatives from 26 nations are expected to participate.

Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17) are now on their way to Hawaii. They are expected to arrive June 25.

The US Navy said the training syllabus includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises as well as military medicine, humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Units will also train in counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations.

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.

Brazil, Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are participating for the first time.