Sunday, June 22, 2014

3 Navy officers to participate in RIMPAC

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 23): 3 Navy officers to participate in RIMPAC

Three Philippine Navy (PN) officers instead of just two will be participating in this year's naval war games called Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC).

"The PN will be sending three officers composed of two operations officers who will be staff officers during RIMPAC and one medical officer who will be embedded in (the) USS Mercy (a United States Navy hospital ship)," Navy public affairs office chief Cmdr. Gregory Fabic said in a text message to the PNhilippine News Agency on Monday.

He declined to give the names of the participating officers as this is still pending approval from higher headquarters.

RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise. It is held biennially during June and July of even-numbered years in Honolulu, Hawaii.

It is hosted and administered by the United States Navy's Pacific Fleet, headquartered at Pearl Harbor, in conjunction with the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and Hawaii National Guard forces under the control of the governor of Hawaii.

The US invites allied military forces from the Pacific Rim nations to participate.

With RIMPAC, the United States Pacific Command seeks to enhance interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces, ostensibly as a means of promoting stability in the region to the benefit of all participating nations.

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