After five weeks, the world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded today in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 training syllabus included amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air defense exercises, as well as military medicine, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, counter-piracy, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations, and explosive ordnance disposal.
RIMPAC 2014 marked the first time that Japan led the scenario-driven humanitarian assistance/disaster relief response portion of the exercise, which facilitated training and certification for expeditionary forces to respond to foreign disasters as a crisis response adaptive force.
This was the first time Brunei and the People’s Republic of China participated in RIMPAC. Countries that sent a ship for the first time to participate in 2014 included Colombia, India, Indonesia and Norway. This year also marked the first time hospital ships participated in RIMPAC. The Chinese hospital ship, Peace Ark, and USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) conducted medical evacuation and mass casualty training, personnel exchanges and military medicine exchanges.
Participating nations at RIMPAC 2014 demonstrated the flexibility of maritime forces to meet regional and global challenges for mutual benefit.