A video production showcasing highlights of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018.
CAPTION: Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters assigned to US Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 approach Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Adelaide during an amphibious-landing element of Exercise RIMPAC 2018. US Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Aaron S. Patterson.
Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in RIMPAC from 27 June to 2 August in and around the Hawaiian Islands and southern California.
The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans.
RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Adelaide played somewhat of a starring role in 2018 after two key USMC amphibious ships suffered mechanical issues and were withdrawn, leaving Adelaide as the centrepiece of two amphibious beach-landing exercise elements.
During RIMPAC, HMAS Adelaide also evolved from a ship certified to operate just two helicopter landing spots at a time, to operating all six simultaneously, by day and by night.
US Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin R. Pacheco.
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