The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series which began in 1971.
U.S. Navy announces 26th Rim of the Pacific exercise
NZDF to Participate in World's Largest Maritime Military Exercise
The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.
Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 will be led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), who will serve as the Combined Task Force (CTF) commander.
The theme of RIMPAC 2018 is "Capable, Adaptive, Partners." The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defence exercises, as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.
This year's exercise will include first-time participants from Brazil, Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
The first RIMPAC, held in 1971, involved forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US). Australia, Canada, and the US have participated in every RIMPAC since then. Other regular participants are Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. The Royal New Zealand Navy was frequently involved until the 1985 ANZUS nuclear ships dispute, but has taken part in recent RIMPACs such as in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. This will be the 26th RIMPAC since inception.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy and constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions that promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the Pacific.
New Zealand Defence Force Participation
- Sea Combat Commander (CTF 176.3) and staff
- HMNZS Te Mana (Anzac Class frigate) and embarked Seasprite helicopter
- HMNZS Matataua (Clearance dive group and military hydrography)
- RNZAF No. 5 Squadron (Two P-3K2 Orion Aircraft) and support elements
- NZ Army (Fires Team & JTAC)
- Augmentees (Public Affairs, Legal, Medical, Logistics, Planners and Padre)
More than 300 defence personnel will participate in RIMPAC this year ranging from diving and salvage operations to maritime security operations and complex war fighting.
Photo. HMNZS Matataua diver - a deployable maritime capability able to conduct operations that safeguards access to and the use of harbours, inshore waters and littoral zones in New Zealand and wherever NZDF forces are required to operate.