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RIMPAC 2016

The world’s largest multinational maritime exercise,  RIM OF THE PACIFIC, will be held for the 25th time around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California from June 30 to August 4 this year. 

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Background

30 June - 4 August 2016
Hawaiian Islands
Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People's Republic of China, Peru, Republic of Korea, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom and United States


RIMPAC is a biennial international military exercise scheduled by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. 

The first RIMPAC, held in 1971, involved navies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Royal New Zealand Navy was frequently involved until the 1980s ANZUS nuclear ship dispute. In 2010 NZDF attended in an observer role before becoming a full participant in 2012 and 2014.

RIMPAC 2016 is a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

Forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People's Republic of China, Peru, Republic of Korea, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom and United States will participate in RIMPAC 2016, the 25th occurrence of this exercise. The overall coordinator for the exercise is Commander, U.S. Third Fleet.

RIMPAC 2016 will deliver operational and tactical level training in Pearl Harbour, the adjacent waters of Hawaii, and the Southern California Operating Area from 30 June to 4 August.

In addition to its participation, the United States Navy (USN) has invited the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) to fill the key leadership position of Commander Task Force 176 (Expeditionary Strike Group, CTF 176).

The main objective for RIMPAC is to enhance interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces, as a means of promoting stability in the region. RIMPAC 2016 also provides a unique opportunity to strengthen relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes on the world’s oceans.

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Images and content will be updated regularly throughout the exercise using the various channels for internal and external audiences.
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News and Information

The latest news and information visit the News and Information page.

NZDF Participation

More than 25,000 personnel from 26 nations with 45 ships, 5 submarines and more than 200 aircraft will take part.
New Zealand will contribute about 368 sailors, soldiers airmen and airwomen.

HMNZS TE KAHA
TE KAHA is an Anzac Class frigate (F77), a purpose-built warship constructed to the German MEKO 200 design. As warships they are designed to fight and evade their enemies and take battle damage. She has a total crew of 177, made up of 25 officers and 152 ratings. 
Approx. 175 personnel

TE KAHA is capable of independent operations or working with ships of other navies as part of a multi-national task force.

Littoral Warfare Unit
The Littoral Warfare Unit (LWU) is a collective name for a group of units that operate primarily within the littoral or coastal waters. Comprising divers, hydrographers and a mine counter measures unit. The purpose of the LWU is to ensure access to and the use of harbours, inshore waters and associated coastal zones. The component parts of the LWU can be quickly assembled into a composite force and deployed by sea, land or air.

The LWU detachment will form a task unit within Coalition Task Group (CTG) 171.2 Expeditionary Diving within the greater Coalition Task Force 171 Naval Expeditionary Forces. The Task Group will focus on salvage diving and clearance operations. The LWU detachment has all the capabilities to locate, identify, survey, and clear obstructions. They include:

  • 12 per dive element using light surface supplied breathing apparatus;
  • 6 per search element using 2 REMUS 100 autonomous underwater vehicles;
  • 5 per survey element using single beam echo-sounder and side scan sonar; and 
  • 7 per command and support element including logistics, medical, catering, and admin.

The detachment will be co-located at Camp Viking on Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam. 

Airborne Surveillance and Response Force 
P-3K2 Orion aircraft and support elements.
Approx. 75 personnel

Command Taskforce 176
Commodore Jim Gilmour, RNZN commands the amphibious task force (CTF-176) consisting of 13 ships. He is supported by his command team of NZDF and international staff on board USS AMERICA (LHA 6).
Aprrox. 18 personnel

Image. CDRE Jim Gilmour, Commander Amphibious Forces and his international command team at Devonport Naval Base prior to their departure for USS AMERICA.

CTF 176 Staff

NZ National Support Element
The National Support Element (NSE) located at Pearl Harbour provides onshore logistical support for NZDF personnel attached to the exercise and support to force elements. Their role ensures a smooth link between the U.S. Navy and NZDF participants - travel, medical, accommodation, mail/freight.
Approx. 4 personnel

NZ Army Rifle Platoon and HQ Staff
The NZ Army and Tongan (supported by NZDF) personnel are integrated with the 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company of the U.S. Marines Corps' III Expeditionary Force.
Approx. 49 personnel and 36 from His Majesty's Armed Forces (HMAF, Tonga)

Augmentees
A small detachment of NZDF chefs and stewards are serving in HMAS Canberra.
Approx. 8 personnel

Total of 368 NZDF and 36 HMAF personnel (Tonga)

Media

Defence Public Affairs
A dedicated team of three are embedded with the US Navy Pacific Fleet at the Combined Information Bureau (CIB), Pearl Harbor providing public affairs support to RIMPAC 2016.  

NZ: Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016
Director, Defence Public Affairs
Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force
Phone: +64 (0)21 478-980
Email: media@nzdf.mil.nz

US: Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016
Commander, Combined Task Force
Combined Information Bureau
Ford Island Conference Center
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Phone: +1-808-472-0235
Email: rimpac.media@gmail.com

Defense Video Imagery Distribution System

Honolulu. Media interested in covering the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 opening press conference should contact the CIB by 3pm Friday, July 1, at +1-808-472-0235 and meet at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Nimitz Gate Pass and ID no later than 8:30am on Tuesday, July 5.

Headlines

US Navy RIMPAC News

27 Nations to Participate in World's Largest Maritime Exercise

Radio NZ

Media Releases

HMNZS Te Kaha's live firings

P-3K Orion Torpedo Drop

Image Gallery

To view the latest images click on the link below.

RIMPAC 2016

FAQs

Who is hosting and leading RIMPAC 2016?
RIMPAC is hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet. RIMPAC 2016 will be led by U.S. Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), who will serve as the Combined Task Force (CTF) Commander.
Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Scott Bishop will serve as deputy commander of the CTF, and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Rear Adm. Koji Manabe as the vice commander.
Other key leaders of the multinational force will include Commodore Malcolm Wise of the Royal Australian Navy, who will command the maritime component; Brig. Gen. Blaise Frawley of the Royal Canadian Air Force, who will command the air component; and the amphibious task force will be led by Royal New Zealand Navy Commodore Jim Gilmour.

Why is NZ participating in RIMPAC?
Our participation in RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps the NZDF foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. 
RIMPAC also provides the opportunity to work alongside our regional partners, share ideas and experiences and participate in a range of exercises that better prepare us for future contingencies in the South Pacific.
RIMPAC helps maintain those working relationships with our allies and friends. All these different nations coming together creates a valuable opportunity to exercise a wide range of capabilities, from disaster response to maritime security operations.
About 70 per cent of the world is water, 80 per cent of the world’s population lives on or near a coast, and 90 per cent of international commerce moves by sea. Having capable maritime forces help ensure stability and prosperity around the world, and RIMPAC helps participating nations develop these capabilities. Our role is to protect our interests at sea.

Who is participating in RIMPAC 2016?
This year's exercise includes forces from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States. This is the first time that Brazil, Denmark, Germany, and Italy are participating in RIMPAC. 

How big is RIMPAC 2016?
RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime exercise.
Twenty-seven nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate over the period 30 June - 4 August.

How long has NZ been participating in RIMPAC exercises?
The first RIMPAC, held in 1971, involved navies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Royal New Zealand Navy was frequently involved until the 1980s ANZUS nuclear ship dispute. In 2010 NZDF attended in an observer role before becoming a full participant in 2012 and 2014.

How many NZDF personnel are involved in RIMPAC 2016?
About 390 sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen will be deployed to RIMPAC 2016. In addition, staff at HQJFNZ in Trentham provide command and support to deployed forces.

What are the main events NZDF are participating in RIMPAC 2016?
RIMPAC 2016 consists of a number of phases - the first or Harbour Phase involves the various components alongside at Pearl Harbor or at the various camps and bases in Hawaii and Southern California. Activities include briefings (welcome, scenario, safety, environment), sports days and receptions. Phase two or Sea Phase is when the maritime elements head to sea for the exercise covering the full spectrum across the military environment - live firings (surface targets/air targets), reinforcing protocols and focusing on warlike operations. The scenario allows for relationship building, command and control at all levels focusing on nations working together. 

The end goal is to be better prepared for the next crisis (cyclone or disaster) and to build trust and to get nations working together. This unique training opportunity helps nations foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.

What is the scenario for RIMPAC 2016?
The scenario overview encompasses a friendly island nation - GRIFFON - which has political ties with RIMPAC countries. Griffon has become unstable because of a growing internal threat from DRACO, backed by ORION - a military dictatorship on a neighbouring island nation. United Nations Security Council Resolution 9995 - June 2016 authorises RIMPAC countries "to use all means necessary to restore freedom of navigation, neutralise Draco and deter Orion aggression".

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