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Title: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on May 23, 2018, 05:01:59 AM
During a speech given during the 120th anniversary celebration for the Philippine Navy, Navy FOIC Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad announced that the PN will be sending 2 ships, plus one AW109 helicopter, and 700 sailors to the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercises in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Empedrad's comments did not specify which ships would be participating. However, there has been speculation that it would involve 1 Gregorio del Pilar class frigate and 1 Tarlac class LPD.

30 nations are scheduled to participate in the exercises which will take place in July.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRdWrXK7N6I&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on May 23, 2018, 05:04:00 AM
More details on Vice Adm. Empedrad's speech.

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/05/22/pn-slowly-regaining-maritime-character-by-becoming-strong-and-credible-says-empedrad/

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PN slowly regaining maritime character by becoming strong and credible, says Empedrad

Published May 22, 2018, 6:06 PM

By Francis Wakefield

Navy Chief Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad today expressed belief that the Philippine Navy (PN) is slowly regaining its maritime character by becoming a strong and credible navy that our maritime nation, Philippines will be proud of by the year 2020.

Empedrad made the remark in a speech he delivered during the Philippine Navy’s 120th founding anniversary held at the Coconut Palace, CCP Complex, Pasay City.

No less than President Duterte, the Armed Forces’ commander in chief, was the guest of honor and speaker.

Also present were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr., members of the Cabinet and other key officials of the AFP.

“Be that as it may, we are still too far behind compared to other navies in the region. But with the strongest support of our beloved President, the Secretary of National Defense and our political leaders, our dream will soon become a reality,” Empedrad said.

Empedrad said it sad to note that through time, they have failed to sustain the strong maritime heritage of our forefathers, let alone lose it. This has impacted the condition of our Navy today.

“After the war, the Philippine Navy is one of the most powerful navies in the Asian Region. However, six decades later, we are one of the weakest even in Southeast Asian region. Maritime nations like Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and even Vietnam and Myanmar have upgraded their naval capability while the Philippine Navy went to obsolescence,” Empedrad said.

Empedrad said he firmly believes that we are supposed to be a big maritime nation having the 5th longest coastline in the world two times longer than that of the United States.

“We have more than 7,100 islands, the third most in the world, and our vast maritime waters has an area seven times that of the country’s land area. But most importantly, we are the Number 2 seafarer-producing country in the world next to China,” Empedrad said.

The Navy chief said our national interest therefore is not only limited through our maritime waters but extends globally.

“The West Philippine Sea and the Sulu Sea are two of the busiest and most important commercial sea lanes in the world. In times of disasters and calamities island municipalities are only accessible through waters. Yet, today we failed to harness the sea power potential of our country let alone upgrade the Navy’s capability and to protect our national interest,” Empedrad said.

Empedrad said that to regain its maritime character as a nation, the Philippine Navy has upgraded its Naval assets in recent months.

He said two months ago, the Philippine Navy received the last three of the five TC-90 aircraft from Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. He said these aircraft upgrades the Navy’s capability in HADR, Search and Rescue Operations and Surveillance Capability.

The aircraft has longer range that can effectively cover our vast maritime waters in support to our monitoring stations.

A month ago, the very first missile capability of the Philippine Navy was acquired from Israel.

“These will be integrated onboard the Navy’s Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC). The system will be fully operational in July,” Empedrad said.

“The Pohang Corvette from Republic of Korea maybe delivered by the third quarter of this year. The two anti-submarine warfare helicopters with torpedoes will be operational by May next year and finally, the two missile frigates will be delivered in 2020,” he added.

Two ships off to Hawaii

Empedrad said that in july, the Navy will be sending two ships and one Augusta Westland with 700 sailors and marines onboard for the very first time to participate in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii to be participated in by 30 other countries.

Empedrad said with its enduring theme, “Protecting the Seas, Securing Our Future,” the celebration was highlighted by a capability demonstration on amphibious operations, counter-terrorism and hostage rescue by the Naval Special Operations Group and the Marines Special Operations Group.

The celebration was capped by a Fleet Review of vessels and Fly By of naval fixed and rotary aircraft including the recently acquired TC-90s. The last fleet review conducted was in 1998.

Part of the program also honored outstanding Philippine Navy units, officers and enlisted personnel for serving with honor and excellence enabling the navy to better accomplish its mission.
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: sirius on May 23, 2018, 12:24:09 PM
During a speech given during the 120th anniversary celebration for the Philippine Navy, Navy FOIC Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad announced that the PN will be sending 2 ships, plus one AW109 helicopter, and 700 sailors to the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercises in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Empedrad's comments did not specify which ships would be participating. However, there has been speculation that it would involve 1 Gregorio del Pilar class frigate and 1 Tarlac class LPD.

30 nations are scheduled to participate in the exercises which will take place in July.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRdWrXK7N6I&feature=youtu.be

If it's going to be 1 Gregorio del Pilar class and 1 Tarlac class, will the Tarlac class be going without any helicopters, since only one AW109 was mentioned?
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: adroth on May 26, 2018, 11:33:48 PM
It actually makes sense for the helicopter to be embarked on the Tarlac. Larger hanger facilities.
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on May 28, 2018, 12:06:54 AM
The Philippine Navy contingent for RIMPAC 2018 will depart the first week of June.

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1036584

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PH to deploy ships, helicopter in 'world's biggest maritime war games

By Priam Nepomuceno May 27, 2018, 9:51 am

MANILA -- For the first time, the Philippine Navy (PN) will deploy two ships and a helicopter to participate in this year "Rim of the Pacific Exercise" (RIMPAC) that will be held off Hawaii.

The maneuvers are considered the world's largest international maritime war games and is led by the US Navy's Pacific Fleet.

Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna, in a text message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Saturday, said the PN will deploy one landing dock, one frigate, and one AW-109 helicopter for RIMPAC.

Lincuna, however, declined to identify the participating ships for security reasons but said these vessels and their crew will leave for Hawaii first week of June.

Some 30 navies are expected to participate in this year's RIMPAC, which is usually scheduled for June and July and held every two years.

The naval exercises seek to enhance inter-operability among Pacific Rim armed forces.

Earlier, PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said the Philippines will deploy 700 sailors and marines for RIMPAC 2018. (PNA)
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on May 31, 2018, 03:33:29 PM
http://www.pacom.mil/Media/News/News-Article-View/Article/1535723/us-navy-announces-26th-rim-of-the-pacific-exercise/

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U.S. Navy Announces 26th Rim of the Pacific Exercise
| U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs | May 30, 2018

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

As the world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

The theme of RIMPAC 2018 is "Capable, Adaptive, Partners." 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 defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy operations, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations.

This year's exercise includes forces from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

This is the first time Brazil, Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are participating in RIMPAC. Additional firsts include New Zealand serving as sea combat commander and Chile serving as combined force maritime component commander. This is the first time a non-founding RIMPAC nation (Chile) will hold a component commander leadership position. This year will also feature live firing of a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force aircraft, surface to ship missiles by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, and a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) from a launcher on the back of a Palletized Load System (PLS) by the U.S. Army. This marks the first time a land based unit will participate in the live fire event during RIMPAC. RIMPAC 18 will also include international band engagements and highlight fleet innovation during an Innovation Fair.

Additionally, for the first time since RIMPAC 2002, U.S. 3rd Fleet's Command Center will relocate from San Diego to Pearl Harbor to support command and control of all 3rd Fleet forces in 3rd Fleet's area of responsibility to include forces operating forward in the Western Pacific. The Fleet Command Center will be established at a deployable joint command and control on Hospital Point for the first part of the exercise and then transition to USS Portland (LPD 27) for the remainder of the exercise.

Hosted by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 will be led by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, who will serve as combined task force (CTF) commander. Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Bob Auchterlonie will serve as CTF deputy commander, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Hideyuki Oban as CTF vice commander. Fleet Marine Force will be led by U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Mark Hashimoto. Other key leaders of the multinational force will include Commodore Pablo Niemann of Armada de Chile, who will command the maritime component, and Air Commodore Craig Heap of the Royal Australian Air Force, who will command the air component.

This robust constellation of allies and partners support sustained and favorable regional balances of power that safeguard security, prosperity and the free and open international order. RIMPAC 2018 contributes to the increased lethality, resiliency and agility needed by the joint and combined force to deter and defeat aggression by major powers across all domains and levels of conflict. 
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 02, 2018, 01:02:00 PM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1037274

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PH Navy contingent for RIMPAC to sail for Hawaii June 6

By Priam Nepomuceno June 2, 2018, 8:59 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) contingent for this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) naval exercises will leave for Hawaii on Wednesday.

Two Navy ships, the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), along with its AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter, will join RIMPAC 2018 scheduled from June 27 to August 2.

Navy Spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna, in a statement Friday, said these assets will be joined by a Naval Special Operations Group team and a Marine company.

The Filipino ships and their crew will deploy from Cebu on their way to the Hawaiian training area. The Navy contingent already left Pier 13, Manila South Harbor for Cebu on Friday morning.

The contingent, now called the Naval Task Force (NTF) RIMPAC, will be commanded by Capt. Ernesto Baldovino, while the mission head will be Commodore Toribio Adaci.

Lincuna said NTF RIMPAC will be further complemented by components of the Civil Military Operations, and students from various PN training schools, among others.

RIMPAC 2018, the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971, carries the theme, "Capable, Adaptive, Partners”.

This is the second International Defense and Security Engagement that the PN will participate in this year. The first was during the Multinational Exercise Komodo 2018 in Indonesia early May.

A Royal Malaysian Navy ship will join NTF RIMPAC as it sails from Cebu and will link up with the Indonesian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Royal Australian Navy along the way for the ASEAN++ Group Sail en route to RIMPAC 2018.

"The PN’s participation in this undertaking is expected to advance its maritime operational capability to multilateral levels, thereby increasing readiness and interoperability and enabling the nation’s premiere maritime force to be more effective and efficient in the conduct of its mandated task," Lincuna said. (PNA)
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 03, 2018, 01:10:25 PM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1037315


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RIMPAC to make PH Navy more efficient, effective

By Priam Nepomuceno June 3, 2018, 10:10 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy’s (PN) participation in this year's Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval drills in Hawaii will greatly enhance its operational capability, making it more efficient and effective in its mandated task.

"The PN’s participation in this undertaking is expected to advance its maritime operational capability to multilateral level, thereby increasing readiness and interoperability and enabling the nation’s premiere maritime force to be more effective and efficient in the conduct of its mandated task," Navy spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said in statement over the weekend.

Two Navy ships, the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), along with its Agusta Westland AW-109 naval helicopter, will participate in RIMPAC 2018 on June 27 to August 2.

These assets, along with an estimated 700 sailors and marines, are expected to depart from Cebu to the Hawaiian training area by June 6.

The RIMPAC maneuvers, considered to be the world's largest international maritime war games, are led by the US Navy's Pacific Fleet. Its theme this year is "Capable, Adaptive, Partners”.

Lincuna said this is the first time the PN will be deploying naval and air assets to RIMPAC.

"In the past years, we were active and regularly sending participants as observers for the RIMPAC but this time it will be the first that we will be sending our ships (Tarlac-class and Del Pillar-class) and aircraft (AW-109) and around 700 sailors and marines," he added. (PNA)
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: adroth on June 07, 2018, 03:22:20 AM
From: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rpdefense/permalink/1683970421688798/

RIMPAC 2018| Fleet Training and Doctrine Center (FTDC) of the Philippine Fleet oversaw the conduct of the Special Operational Readiness Evaluation (ORE) onboard BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) and BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF17) to ensure the operational readiness of the ships and crew as it prepares for its International Defense and Security Engagement (IDSE) in Hawaii.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: Ayoshi on June 08, 2018, 04:53:33 PM
RIMPAC 2018: Malaysia, Philippine navies set-off on group sail towards Hawaii | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/80660/rimpac-2018-malaysia-philippine-navies-set-off-on-group-sail-towards-hawaii) - 06 June 2018
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The delegation comprises of the Royal Malaysian Navy’s second Lekiu-class frigate KD Lekiu (30), the Philippine Navy’s Tarlac-class strategic support ship BRP Davao del Sur (LD 602), and the latter’s third Del Pilar-class frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (17).
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: adroth on June 13, 2018, 01:14:12 PM
Damage control discussions have been moved to the Damage Control thread

http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=623.msg11314#msg11314
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: adroth on June 14, 2018, 04:43:07 AM
RIMPAC 2018 UPDATE|

https://www.facebook.com/philippinenavy/posts/10155734703987956

Staying clear of Tropical Storm “Domeng,” the Philippine Navy contingent, Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) DAVAO DEL SUR (LD 602) and BRP ANDRES BONIFACIO (FF 17), together with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) ship KD LEKIU sails for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2018, the world’s largest international naval exercise.

The embarked Augusta Westland (AW-109) naval helicopter captured the Philippine Navy and RMN vessels as it performed naval maneuvers and communications exercises while underway near Fais Island, Ulithi Atoll in the eastern Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean as it sails en route to RIMPAC 2018 exercise.

BRP DAVAO DEL SUR (LD 602) ably managed to perform flight deck operations and photo exercise (PHOTEX) with BRP ANDRES BONIFACIO (FF17) and RMN’s KD LEKIU.

KD LEKIU earlier called on the port of Cebu and sailed with the Philippine Navy contingent when it left the Philippines last 06 June 2018. The flotilla will have a brief stopover at Kwajalein Atoll and will rendezvous with navies from Indonesia, Japan and India for a group sail enroute to Honolulu, Hawaii. The ships are expected to arrive in Hawaii on 25 June 2018. The RIMPAC will be from 27 June to 02 August 2018.


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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: adroth on June 25, 2018, 08:21:29 AM
From: https://www.facebook.com/BritComMil/photos/a.1823461651025349.1073744364.510006605704200/1849858651718982/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s Formidable-class frigate RSS Tenacious participated in a Multinational Group Sail with partner navies from ASEAN and beyond the region from 22 to 24 June 2018 (Singapore time). Warships from the RSN, Indian Navy (IN), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Philippine Navy (PN) and United States Navy (USN) sailed from the waters off Guam to Hawaii to participate in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (Ex RIMPAC).

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: adroth on June 25, 2018, 12:46:01 PM
From: https://www.facebook.com/BritComMil/photos/a.1823461651025349.1073744364.510006605704200/1849909148380599/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) joins JS Ise (DDH 182), RSS Tenacious (71), INS Sahyadri (F49), BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) and BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF 17) for a group sail in the Pacific, June 23.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 26, 2018, 02:38:51 AM
The Philippine Navy contingent to RIMPAC 2018 is now near Johnston Atoll, 750 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii.

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1039318

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RIMPAC-bound PH ships join formation exercise

By Priam Nepomuceno June 25, 2018, 11:23 am

MANILA -- Philippine Navy (PN) ships, strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), took part in a formation exercise with other "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC)-bound vessels as it was passing through Johnson Atoll while headed to Hawaii.

Cmdr. Jonathan Zata, PN spokesperson, said the formation exercise took place Sunday morning.

Other participants in the exercise were Japan's helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH-182), India's Shivalik-class stealth frigate, the INS Sahyadri (F-19), the American Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS William P. Lawrence, and Singapore's Formidable-class stealth frigate, RSS Tenacious (71).

He added that the ships took part in a series of formation exercises, which include the diamond, abreast, and line-abreast formations and conducted a communication exercise to ensure the success of the former drills.

Zata said that the naval vessels are expected to arrive in Hawaii by June 26. This year's RIMPAC is supposed to start June 27 and end on August 2.

Aside from the two ships, the PN is also deploying an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter and 700 sailors and marines. The PN contingent is commanded by Capt. Ernesto Baldovino while mission head is Commodore Toribio Adaci.

"With the vigorous support from the government and its stakeholders through the modernization program, the PN now has the capability to send a contingent to RIMPAC 2018 thus, further fulfilling its diplomatic role in keeping peace and stability in the region," Zata added. (PNA)
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 26, 2018, 04:54:22 PM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1039498

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PH Navy RIMPAC participants now in Hawaii

By Priam Nepomuceno June 26, 2018, 3:39 pm

MANILA -- The two Philippine Navy (PN) ships that are participating in this year's "Rim of the Pacific" naval exercises, arrived in Hawaii Tuesday morning.

Strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) have docked at Pearl Harbor at about 10 a.m. (Manila time), Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said in a statement.

Aside from the two ships, the PN contingent is also boosted by an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter and 700 sailors and marines.

Zata said Naval Task Force 86, headed by Capt. Ernesto Baldovino, is the official designation of the Philippine Navy contingent to the RIMPAC, the world's largest joint and combined naval exercise and slated for June 27 to August 2.

"Participating nations will demonstrate the inherent capabilities of their respective naval forces through a wide range of realistic exercises that include human assistance and disaster response, maritime security operations, sea maneuvers and complex war fighting. The exercise not only aims to harness each nation’s naval capabilities but also to bolster cooperation among participating nations to secure the maritime commons against threats," the PN spokesperson said.

He added that the PN's participation in this undertaking is indeed an attestation that the nation’s premier maritime force is “coming of age”, consistent with its vision towards a strong and credible Navy. (PNA)
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Post by: dr demented on June 26, 2018, 04:59:37 PM
BRP Davao del Sur and BRP Andres Bonifacio arriving at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on June 26, 2018.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: Mr. Pitz on June 26, 2018, 05:16:18 PM
Photos of RIMPAC participants, including BRP Davao del Sur and BRP Andres Bonifacio.

BRP Davao del Sur - DVIDS (https://www.dvidshub.net/image/4512545/brp-davao-del-sur-ld-602-enters-pearl-harbor-preparation-rimpac-2018)

BRP Andres Bonifacio - DVIDS (https://www.dvidshub.net/image/4512539/brp-andres-bonifacio-ff-17-enters-pearl-harbor-preparation-rimpac-2018)

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 27, 2018, 03:10:19 AM
http://www.janes.com/article/81316/rimpac-2018-asia-pacific-navies-deepen-interoperability-in-group-sail-towards-hawaii

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RIMPAC 2018: Asia-Pacific navies deepen interoperability in group sail towards Hawaii
Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International
26 June 2018

In a bid to improve interoperability between the services, a formation of vessels from Asia-Pacific navies that are taking part in ‘RIMPAC’ 2018 conducted a formation steaming operation from 22-24 June.

The operation, which involved vessels from India, Japan, the Philippines, and Singapore, was conducted while the formation sailed from the waters off Guam to Hawaii.

Vessels involved in the formation steaming were the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN’s) Formidable-class frigate RSS Tenacious (71); the Indian Navy’s Shivalik (Project 17)-class frigate INS Sahyadri (F 49); the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF's) Hyuga-class helicopter carrier JS Ise (182); and the Philippine Navy’s strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (602) and Del Pilar-class frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (17). Also taking part in the formation was the US Navy’s (USN’s) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (110).

Vessels from the Philippine Navy are taking part in Exercise ‘RIMPAC’ for the first time, although representatives from the service were present at previous iterations as observers.

Besides sailing in formation, other activities that were conducted over the three days included manoeuvring drills, cross-deck landing of helicopters, and personnel exchanges, according to information released by the JMSDF.

“These interactions at sea enhanced friendship and mutual understanding while deepening interoperability,” said the Singapore Ministry of Defence in a statement on the operation.
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: jetmech on June 27, 2018, 09:03:58 AM
  Darn it, if I did not switch jobs I would be there 2nd week of July. >:( Could have seen the inside of both ships.
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: adroth on June 27, 2018, 09:23:52 AM
  Darn it, if I did not switch jobs I would be there 2nd week of July. >:( Could have seen the inside of both ships.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: El_Filibusterismo1978 on June 28, 2018, 08:52:29 AM
https://navaltoday.com/2018/06/27/worlds-largest-naval-drill-kicks-off-in-hawaii/

and so it begins..

This year’s exercise includes forces from 26 nations but among the navies contributing vessels to the drill are Australia (with ships headlined by LHD HMAS Adelaide), Canada (with two frigates, two patrol vessels and the brand new AOR Asterix), Chile (with frigate Almirante Lynch), France (with frigate Prairial which was also part of RIMPAC 2016), India (with frigate INS Sahyadri), Indonesia (with recently-commissioned KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata), Japan (represented by helicopter carrier JS Ise), Malaysia (with frigate KD Lekiu), Mexico (with tank landing ship ARM Usumacinta), the Netherlands, New Zealand (with HMNZS Te Mana), Peru (with BAP Ferré), the Republic of Korea (with Chang Bogo-class submarine ROKS Park Wi and destroyers), the Republic of the Philippines (with frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio and amphibious landing dock Davao del Sur), Singapore (with RSS Tenacious) and the US Navy with a number of ships and submarines with aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson at the helm.



Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: adroth on June 28, 2018, 04:08:44 PM
https://www.rappler.com/nation/205855-exercise-rimpac-hawaii-philippine-navy

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 29, 2018, 02:26:51 AM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1039794

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Ranking US naval official visits PH RIMPAC contingent

By Priam Nepomuceno June 28, 2018, 5:56 pm

MANILA -- US Third Fleet commander Vice Admiral John D. Alexander paid a visit to the frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), the flagship of the Philippine Navy (PN) contingent to this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) exercise.

In a statement Thursday, Cmdr. Jonathan Zata, PN spokesperson, said the American naval official was welcomed by Naval Task Force RIMPAC commander Capt. Ernesto O. Baldovino and BRP Andres Bonifacio commanding officer, Cmdr. Jerry Y. Garrido.

The Filipino ship was docked off Bravo Pier, Pearl Harbor, he added.

Zata said Alexander officially welcomed the PN contingent to the largest international maritime Exercise RIMPAC 2018.

The two PN ships that are participating in this year's naval exercises arrived in Hawaii Tuesday morning.

The visit concluded with an exchange of mementos from both countries, he added.

"This is the 2nd International Defense and Security Engagement of the Philippine Navy this year and the first time that it sent warships to RIMPAC," Zata stressed.

Aside from tbe BRP Andres Bonifacio, strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter and 700 sailors and marines, were also deployed to this year's RIMPAC exercise which started on June 27 and will end on August 2. (PNA)
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 29, 2018, 12:53:04 PM
Notes from the opening press conference for RIMPAC 2018:

https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/16062

US Pacific Fleet commander Adm. John Aquillano acknowledged the significance of having the Philippine Navy bringing ships to this RIMPAC, saying "The ships look tremendous."

US 3rd Fleet commander Vice Adm. John Alexander acknowledged the Philippine Navy's two commanders for the PN contingent, Naval Task Force RIMPAC commander Capt. Ernesto O. Baldovino and BRP Andres Bonifacio commanding officer, Cmdr. Jerry Y. Garrido, step forward on stage.

Two days of live fire exercises. No specifics on if the PN will be involved in these.  The two days of live fire exercises will be SINKEXs. Naval Strike Missile was mentioned. So was Harpoon, and submarine launched torpedoes.

Adm. Aquillano on China's disinvite to RIMPAC 2018: "This entire exercise is about nations cooperating for peace, stability, security, and a free and open Indo-Pacific region........China's actions in the South China Sea with regard to providing offensive weapons in a contested area is exactly contradictory to the entire purpose for this exercise."

Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 29, 2018, 04:40:21 PM
This ties into US Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. John C. Aquilino's comments regarding the two day SINKEX.  The SINKEX is designed to thest the Multi-Domain Battle Concept, and will involved the firing of a Naval Strike Missile from a US Army shore battery.  The Japanese will also launch an anti-ship missile from shore, and there will also be the use of air-launched missiles and submarine torpedoes.

(article is dated May 30, 2017)

https://news.usni.org/2017/05/30/pacom-integrating-multi-domain-battle-into-exercises-ahead-of-2018-rimpac-army-sinkex

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Army Set to Sink Ship in 2018 as PACOM Operationalizes Multi-Domain Battle Concept
By: Megan Eckstein
May 30, 2017 5:12 PM

U.S. Pacific Command has plans to put into practice a joint-service concept to integrate air, land and sea operations, with a mandate for all the services to incorporate the concept into their exercises in a lead-up to the Army sinking a ship at next year’s Rim of the Pacific exercise, the PACOM commander said last week.

Adm. Harry Harris said in a May 24 speech at the Land Forces in the Pacific Symposium in Hawaii that it is “critical that we approach implementing the Multi-Domain Battle concept with a sense of urgency” as threats in the Pacific increase. Multi-Domain Battle seeks to bring all the services together – with all their various sensors, weapons and networks – to create cross-domain warfighting capabilities for the combatant commanders to use.

Harris said in his speech that “I’d like to see the Army’s land forces sink a ship, shoot down a missile, and shoot down the aircraft that fired that missile – near simultaneously – in a complex environment where our joint and combined forces are operating in each other’s domains.”

“Simply put, this concept provides us a way to ensure access to the global commons in the run-up to war, and fight in those same commons should war come,” he added.
“The goal to provide joint solutions between sensors and shooters at the tactical level across multiple domains, this is juice worth the squeeze. A forward-deployed ground force can create temporal windows of opportunity to gain superiority in multiple domains that will allow the other components to kill the enemy more effectively.”

While Multi-Domain Battle was not designed to be geography-specific, Harris has a unique problem in PACOM in that the majority of his area of responsibility is covered in water – and 100 percent is covered by air and space, he noted last fall when addressing the concept at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting and exposition in Washington. With islands and archipelagos and long shorelines to work with and against, and the combination of two top adversaries and five treaty allies in close proximity, Harris can’t allow the Navy to only focus on deep water operations, Marines only the beach, and the Army only inland.

“The end result of my challenge shouldn’t be a simple exercise where we all high five at the end and then head back to the comforts of our services. No, we must incorporate this concept into the way we train year-round. And we all know that tomorrow’s fights are won during today’s training,” Harris said.
“Therefore, we’ll integrate Multi-Domain Battle into command post exercises to check our assumptions. Then we’ll integrate it into our field training exercises that focus on getting our alphabet soup of sensors and shooters talking to one another. Service-specific systems must be able to talk to one another if any of this is going to achieve the effects that we’re looking for. Ideally we’ll get to a point where we see the Joint Force as a network of sensors and shooters allowing the best capability from any single service to provide cross domain fires.”

In his speech, Harris rattled off a number of service-specific Pacific exercises that would begin to test Multi-Domain Battle. By next summer, the beginnings of operational Multi-Domain Battle plans will be ready for the world stage, as “during RIMPAC 2018, [U.S. Army Pacific forces] will fire a Naval Strike Missile from the shore to sink a ship. Our Japanese allies will also fire a shore-based missile during this SINKEX. Folks, RIMPAC 2018 is just a year away. Outcomes like these address some of the tough problems that we face together in archipelagic defense scenarios,” Harris said.
“This is important because the joint force must have faster, longer range, more precise, more lethal, and, importantly, more cost-effective and resource-informed solutions. Not exquisite solutions that break the bank.”

Harris praised the Marine Corps for its efforts to cost-effectively develop and field tools for this type of joint cross-domain warfighting environment, noting that “Headquarters Marine Corps and [Marine Corps Forces Pacific] are working to deploy HIMARS (M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) rapidly aboard ships to shoot at other ships. The Commandant’s Warfighting Lab is working overtime with industry to come up with new ways to employ technologies that allow the Marines to operate across domains more effectively,” he said, referring to the recent Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technological Exercise 2017 in California.

The Marine Corps has the benefit of already having some, but not all, systems interoperable with the Navy. The Army has quite a bit of work to do before reaching Harris’ ideal scenario, which he outlined in his speech: “For example, while on patrol in 2007 USS Chafee (DDG-90) received a call for fires from some special operators on mission in Somalia. After some higher echelon coordination, Team Chafee answered that call with accurate and lethal five-inch rounds, hot metal on target. But naval gunfire support is in the Navy’s DNA, so that really isn’t something new. So let’s flip the script. Imagine, if you will, a less capable ship coming under attack in an area of the world where our land forces are within range to help out. Imagine if some of those ground-based artillery batteries could take out that attacker because it’s the best weapon in the best place to do so.”

“Imagine a future battlespace where maybe the best ordnance for a specific target held by a Navy sensor could come from an Army shooter. Or maybe it’s the reverse,” he summed up.

To get started towards that vision, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) has already created a Multi-Domain Task Force that will become an operational unit that specializes in air, sea, space, and cyber domains, as well as land operations, and can be employed by Harris as needed. But that unit, and the Army as a whole, will have to begin to address five types of challenges: hardware challenges, software challenges, connectivity challenges, procedural challenges, and training challenges,” USARPAC spokesman Col. Christopher Garver told USNI News.

“For hardware, we not only have to look at actual weapon systems, we also have to figure out how to move them around the battlefield and logistically support them. For software, we need to adapt existing or develop fire control software to control the weapon system,” he said.
“For connectivity challenges, we have to ensure the fire control software can connect to and operate in the joint fire control system and make sure it can receive targeting data from joint sensors. For procedural challenges, we have to develop tactics, techniques, and procedures to integrate the weapon system into ground force operations. And finally, we have to train our soldiers on all these challenges so they can accomplish the mission.”

The designated target ships for the SINKEX are the former Perry class guided missile frigate USS McCluskey and the former landing ship tank USS Racine (LST-1191).

https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/navy-s-newest-amphibious-warfare-ship-may-fill-flagship-role-for-rimpac-drills-1.508392

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New this year will be the Army’s land-based launching of a Navy missile to sink a ship at sea. The missile will be launched from an Army heavy expanded mobility tactical truck, said Col. Christopher Garver, a U.S. Army Pacific spokesman. The missile will be fired from Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, he said.

A Japanese unit also will fire a missile during a sinking exercise, Garver said.

The decommissioned frigate USS McClusky and the retired tank landing ship USS Racine are expected to be used as targets during the sinking exercises, the Navy said.
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 30, 2018, 10:17:39 AM
Vice Adm. John Alexander (at podium), commander of the US 3rd Fleet, introduces Philippine Navy RIMPAC Task Force commander Capt. Ernesto O. Baldovino, BRP Andres Bonifacio commanding officer, Cmdr. Jerry Y. Garrido, and BRP Davao del Sur commanding officer Capt. Richard David (all three to the right of Adm. Alexander) during the opening press conference for RIMPAC 2018.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 30, 2018, 10:25:30 AM
A reporter interviews members of the Republic of the Philippines Navy after a press conference marking the start of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, June 28.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 30, 2018, 10:47:33 AM
Philippine special forces practice fast rope techniques.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 30, 2018, 10:49:21 AM
Philippine special forces practice helicopter insertion.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 30, 2018, 10:50:53 AM
More Philippine special forces involved in helicopter insertion exercises.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 30, 2018, 10:59:59 AM
Philippine Marines taking part in urban operations training as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii June 28, 2018.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on June 30, 2018, 11:14:25 AM
US 3rd Fleet commander, Vice Adm. John Alexander, speaks with BRP Davao del Sur commanding officer Capt. Richard David on the bridge of his ship.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 01, 2018, 10:08:16 AM
Work hard, play hard.

RIMPAC Football (Soccer) Tournament:  Philippines vs. Australia
Ward Field, Pearl Harbor

Photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy FB page.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 01, 2018, 11:24:03 PM
Philippine and US Marines taking part in Combat Life Saving Training during RIMPAC 2018 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Images courtesy of the Philippine Navy FB page.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 03, 2018, 02:36:17 AM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1040064

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PH, US Marine units join RIMPAC harbor phase drills

By Priam Nepomuceno July 2, 2018, 2:57 pm

MANILA -- US and Philippine Marine Corps units conducted a series of exercises as part of this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) harbor phase activities.

This was announced by Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata in a statement Monday,

RIMPAC officially started June 28 and will end on August 2.

Zata added the PMC contingent to Naval Task Force 86 RIMPAC quickly disembarked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam upon arrival last June 26, and proceeded to the Boondock Training Site, Marine Corps Base in Hawaii for the above-mentioned exercises.

Part of the harbor phase activities include the amphibious assault vehicle familiarization, a shore-to-shore exercise that aims to enhance the sea-to-land capabilities of the PMC contingent as part of RIMPAC 2018 exercise.

Meanwhile, the US Marine Corps conducted a combat life-saving training that intends to provide intermediate step between the buddy aid-style basic life support and the advanced life support skills.

Zata added that training on military operations in urban terrain was also conducted to enhance the PMC contingent on its urban war-fighting tactics, techniques and procedures.

"The Philippine Navy’s participation to RIMPAC 2018 trumpets the Command’s commitment in promoting multilateral cooperation to strengthen relationship and cooperation among participating navies of the world," the PN spokesperson said.

The country's contingent to RIMPAC 2018 consists of the strategic sealift vessel, the BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), the frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter and around 700 sailors and marines. (PNA)
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: horge on July 03, 2018, 06:15:17 AM

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Someone's enjoying TBS-MED-1005b a little too much.  ;)
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 03, 2018, 10:41:01 AM
Members of NAVSOG practice small boat deployment, alongside members of Indonesian and South Korea special forces aboard the Virginia class attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) during RIMPAC 2018.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 03, 2018, 10:48:11 AM
Philippine Marines, along with US, Australian, and Japanese forces conduct beach insertions.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 03, 2018, 11:50:46 AM
Ronaldo Reario, U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Geneva Head, operations and Field Support Humanitarian Civil and Military Coordination Service, speaks to military leaders about humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in preparation for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

Prior to his service with the United Nations, Reario served in the Philippine Marine Corps, and also worked for the DND.

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/611607/coordinators-brief-military-leaders-humanitarian-assistance-and-disaster-relief
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 04, 2018, 10:05:42 AM
US 3rd Fleet commander, Vice Adm. John Alexander makes the rounds, visiting BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) and BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17).

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 04, 2018, 10:06:20 AM
Philippine Navy tennis sailors Seaman First Class Michael T Tumasis PN and Seaman Second Class Elmo D Gaspar PN received the championship trophy for Tennis Doubles from Mr. Frank Del Gaudio, Deployed Forces Support Coordinator after beating Indian Navy Ship (INS) Sahyadri sailors at Wentworth Tennis Court, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 2.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 04, 2018, 10:47:27 AM
Philippine Navy ships moored at Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC 2018.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 06, 2018, 10:52:40 AM
Philippine Marines, along with US, South Korean, and Chilean Marines conduct urban operations training.

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/611890/chile-korean-philippine-us-marines-train-together-during-rimpac

Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 06, 2018, 02:20:37 PM
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Louis C. Tripoli, Command Surgeon, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, poses for a photo with servicemembers of the Philippine Medical Service at a medical symposium at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 06, 2018, 04:13:24 PM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1040595

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PH Navy contingent to join global naval drills

By Priam Nepomuceno July 6, 2018, 2:10 pm

MANILA --- The Philippine Navy (PN) contingent to this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) will participate in several maneuvers and drills, described as the world's largest naval exercise.

In a message Thursday, PN spokesperson Commodore Jonathan Zata said the Navy contingent will be participating in Helicopter Cross-Deck Trainings, Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief Exercise Control Training, Special Operations Training, Amphibious Assault Vehicle Familiarization, Life-Saving Training Exercises, and Urban Terrain Military-Operations Training.

The PN contingent will also be joining the Beach Insertion Rehearsal, Combat Life Training, Fast Rope Insertion and extraction System Training, Ground-Air Integration, Heliborne Raid Operations, Small Boat Insertion, and Shallow Water Egress Free Play.

RIMPAC started on June 27 and will end on August 2. The naval exercises will be held in Hawaii.

The PN contingent consists of the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter, and 700 sailors and marines.

It is commanded by Capt. Ernesto Baldovino while the mission head is Commodore Toribio Adaci.

"With the vigorous support from the government and its stakeholders through the modernization program, the PN now has the capability to send a contingent to RIMPAC 2018 thus, further fulfilling its diplomatic role in keeping peace and stability in the region," Zata said. (PNA)
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 07, 2018, 09:33:45 AM
Enlisted military and officers from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of the Philippines, and the United States attend the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 Marine Species Awareness Training on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hiickam July 3.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: sirius on July 08, 2018, 02:45:04 AM
Thanks for all the updates Dr. D!
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 08, 2018, 06:57:24 AM
Philippine Marines and U.S. Marines with Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, practice loading drills onto a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during an air-assault rehearsal as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii July 6, 2018.

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Post by: dr demented on July 08, 2018, 07:09:49 AM
Australian Army soldiers from the 2nd Battalion (Amphibious), Royal Australian Regiment, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines conduct Shallow Water Egress Training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018.

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Post by: dr demented on July 10, 2018, 11:11:15 AM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1040927

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PH ships in RIMPAC opened for public tour

By Priam Nepomuceno July 10, 2018, 9:53 am

MANILA -- The two Philippine Navy (PN) vessels, deployed to this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) excercise, conducted an "Open Ship" while docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii last July 7.

This was bared by Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata in a statement late Monday.

He added that the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) along with other ships participating in the RIMPAC exercise held a one-day guided shipboard tour for the public.

Zata said around 3,000 military and civilians experienced the world-famous “Filipino Hospitality” during the tour.

Aside from orientation of the two ships' capabilities, the tour was highlighted by the cultural performance from the students of Naval Officers Basic Course aboard BRP Davao Del Sur and live-band performance from the PN Seabees Band aboard BRP Andres Bonifacio.

RIMPAC 2018 started June 27 and will end on August 2.

"The Philippine Navy’s participation to RIMPAC 2018 trumpets the Command’s commitment in promoting multilateral cooperation to strengthen relationship and cooperation among participating navies of the world," the PN spokesperson said.

Aside from the two ships, the PN also deployed an AgustaWestland AW-109 naval helicopter and 700 marines and sailors for RIMPAC 2018. (PNA)
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Post by: dr demented on July 10, 2018, 11:25:11 AM
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PH RIMPAC contingent hosts 4th of July celebration

By Priam Nepomuceno July 8, 2018, 11:07 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) contingent to this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) naval exercise played host to the Filipino community in Hawaii for their annual 4th of July celebrations.

In a statement over the weekend, PN spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata said the hosting took place at the helideck of strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) against the backdrop of the Hawaiian sunset.

The ship's commanding officer, Capt. Richard David, welcomed the estimated 400 guests in a remark followed by the introduction of the main coordinator for the event.

While US Navy retired Chief Warrant Officer Alfonso Bituin and PN Naval Task Force 86 commander, Capt. Ernesto Baldovino, also addressed the guests and underscored the historical significance of this RIMPAC mission.

Zata said the program continued with a cultural presentation of Filipino music and dance performed by Naval Officer Basic Course (NOBC) students aboard BRP Davao Del Sur.

One of the guests in the occasion was US Pacific Command liaison officer Col. Joseph Archog.

This was followed by a dinner which consisted of some Filipino and American dishes while PN Seabees band provided musical entertainment throughout the evening.

"At 9 p.m. the much anticipated 4th of July fireworks started and lasted for about 15 minutes. The biggest fireworks display today in Hawaii happened here inside the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and the event guests aboard LD-602 were treated to a spectacular firework display from the helideck of a PN ship," Zata said.

He added the PN’s participation in naval exercise with such magnitude gave opportunity to Filipino sailors and marines to exchange best practices with and learn from the best navies in the world aside from showcasing the country’s rich cultural heritage with other participants and touch base with the large Filipino community in Hawaii. (PNA)
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Post by: dr demented on July 10, 2018, 11:34:32 AM
Article from the Honolulu Star Advertiser........

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/07/08/hawaii-news/philippines-marks-naval-progress-at-rimpac/?HSA=4a895cd12cb75efd08887e3570d4853c41ae33d2

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Philippines marks naval progress at RIMPAC
By William Cole
July 8, 2018
Updated July 8, 2018 12:05am

The Philippines dispatched two warships and about 570 personnel to Rim of the Pacific military exercises for the first time, sending the message that its navy is making a comeback and the island nation intends to be more of a strategic player in the South China Sea.

At Saturday’s ship visit day at a very crowded Pearl Harbor, the Philippine navy showed off the 404-foot BRP Davao del Sur. Built by Indonesia and commissioned in 2017, the $46 million amphibious ship is one of two the country has available to put marines ashore using a rear well deck and landing craft.

The frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio, the former U.S. Coast Guard cutter Boutwell, also made the voyage to Hawaii.

The Philippines is going through an ongoing military modernization to replace aging equipment that in some cases dates back to World War II.

Commodore Toribio Adaci Jr., head of the Philippine navy delegation, said participation at RIMPAC “is a statement that we show to the Filipino people and other friends and partners that the Filipino navy and the armed forces of the Philippines is trying very hard to level up its capabilities.”

The event was open to military ID holders and their families, and the Davao del Sur had logged over 2,000 visitors by the afternoon.

Mililani resident Catherine Rota took a selfie of her family group of six in the well deck, with twin landing craft behind her.

“I’m from the Philippines and this is from the Philippines, and I wanted to see inside,” she said.

The Philippines also sent an Agusta Westland AW-109 naval helicopter, with the expectation its pilots will practice landing on other nations’ ships. Landing craft will be making a ship-to-shore trek.

“There are a lot of training opportunities available in RIMPAC,” Adaci said. “Of course there are certain complex activities which we may not be able to participate in … but it’s good if we can send people to observe how they do it.”

Participation in the prestigious RIMPAC, which ends Aug. 2, is full of symbolism, not the least of which for Southeast Asian nations siding with the United States on security interests at a time when the region is caught in a tug of war between China and America.

The Philippines’ increased participation signifies the nation is maintaining its relationship with the United States, and is one element of what retired Navy captain and Hawaii Pacific University adjunct professor Carl Schuster called a counter-balance strategy.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte “has to get along with China. He doesn’t really have the capability to confront them,” Schuster told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “At the same time, he needs to build his (military) capability and show that his capability is built to deter any (Chinese) action.”

Duterte so far has been able to juggle the benefit of Chinese investment while remaining under the U.S. security blanket.

Ralph Cossa, president emeritus and WSD-Handa chair in peace studies at the Pacific Forum, a think tank in Honolulu, said the Philippine ships’ participation in RIMPAC “is a big step forward” for that country’s navy and is being highlighted as a “coming of age” event by Manila.

“It will be interesting to see if the Chinese decide to punish Manila for this action in some subtle or not so subtle way,” Cossa said in an email. “At this point, everyone is becoming accustomed to Duterte trying to have his cake and eat it too.”

A South Korean shipbuilder has begun construction on the first of two 2,600-ton frigates for the Philippines, which also wants to acquire submarines.
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Post by: dr demented on July 11, 2018, 11:49:22 AM
Philippine Navy frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) departs Joint Base Pearl-Harbor to begin the at-sea phase of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 10.

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Post by: dr demented on July 11, 2018, 11:54:58 AM
Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602) departs Pearl Harbor to begin the at-sea phase of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 10.

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Post by: dr demented on July 11, 2018, 01:12:13 PM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1041083

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RIMPAC sea phase starts Wednesday

By Priam Nepomuceno July 11, 2018, 12:26 pm

MANILA -- The two Philippine Navy (PN) ships deployed for this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) exercise in Hawaii are scheduled to sail out anytime Wednesday (Manila time) to participate in the so-called "Force Integration Phase" (FIP) of naval maneuvers.

"(The two ships will be sailing) at sea or the FIP of the exercise where various naval maneuvers and free-play exercises will be conducted.

This is also the phase where live-fire will be done," Navy spokesperson, Commander Jonathan Zata, said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The PN contingent to RIMPAC 2018 consists of the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), the frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), an AgustaWestland naval helicopter, and 700 sailors and marines.

The FIP will last until July 19, Zata said, adding that BRP Andres Bonifacio will participate in the live-fire phase with its 76-mm Oto Melara main gun and 25-mm secondary cannons.

RIMPAC is the world's largest joint and combined naval exercise. This year’s exercises began June 27 and will last until August 2.

"Participating nations will demonstrate the inherent capabilities of their respective naval forces through a wide range of realistic exercises that include human assistance and disaster response, maritime security operations, sea maneuvers, and complex war fighting.

The exercise not only aims to harness each nation’s naval capabilities but also to bolster cooperation among participating nations to secure the maritime commons against threats," the PN spokesperson earlier said. (PNA)
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Post by: dr demented on July 12, 2018, 12:38:59 PM
Featured on "Faces of RIMPAC" is Philippine Navy Lt. JG Maryam D. Balais of the BRP Davao del Sur (LD 602)

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Post by: dr demented on July 15, 2018, 08:59:55 AM
Philippine Marines, along with Chilean and US Marines in a noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) training event as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 12, 2018. A NEO is conducted to evacuate citizens whose lives are in danger. RIMPAC provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of Marine units in the Pacific.

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Post by: dr demented on July 15, 2018, 11:54:26 PM
The Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602) volleyball team won the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) sand volleyball tournament, July 6.

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Post by: dr demented on July 17, 2018, 11:29:09 AM
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Special Operations Forces Practice Submarine Insertion During RIMPAC

PACIFIC OCEAN
07.09.2018
Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet

PACIFIC OCEAN - Members of the multinational special operations force supporting the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise participated in a submarine insertion evolution at sea off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, July 9.

Special Operations Forces (SOF) from the United States, Republic of Korea, Republic of the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Peru, and Japan participated in the event designed to enhance each countries maritime interoperability.

"The main purpose of RIMPAC is to bring countries together and build partnerships," said Cmdr. John C. Roussakies, commanding officer of the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776). "Developing that interoperability is important because it's a big ocean out there, and we cannot do the job ourselves."

The submarine Hawaii, using a reconfigured torpedo room, transported approximately 30 multinational SOF operators to a debarkation point off the coast of Oahu.

"It sounds like it should be easy, but it's a lot of work," said Roussakies. "It took five to six sailors to carry each raft onto the sub, and the vessel will be 'rocking and rolling' on the surface."

SOF personnel used the submarine's lockout chamber to exit the ship, inflate rigid hull inflatable boats, and make an amphibious landing.

"For some of our partner-nation special operators, submarine evolutions like today were new," said Army Capt. Matthew Song, detachment commander of Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha from 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group based out of Okinawa, Japan. "We rehearsed the day before, and that set us up for success because they executed pretty well today."

Song said dry dock launches like the one performed during this exercise are essential because it provides critical standoff distance for our special operators during maritime operations.

"At the end of the day RIMPAC is about partnerships, everything that we are doing is purposely designed so that we can operate together with our partners," said Song. "The relationships we are building today are important, and we hope to maintain them so that when there is a problem, we can all come together to solve it."

Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 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.
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Post by: dr demented on July 17, 2018, 11:33:25 AM
Philippine Navy Lt. j.g. Maryam D. Balais, from La Trinidad, Philippines, pauses for a portrait as part of a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise campaign intended to highlight the diversity of participating nations called Faces of RIMPAC.

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Post by: dr demented on July 17, 2018, 12:43:54 PM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1041653

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BRP Bonifacio gets warm welcome from US in RIMPAC

By Priam Nepomuceno July 17, 2018, 12:23 pm

MANILA -- The frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), one of the two Filipino warships participating in this year's "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) exercise in Hawaii, got a warm reception from their US Navy counterparts during the start of the Force Integration Phase (FIP), Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata said Tuesday.

RIMPAC's FIP started on July 11 and will end on July 19.

Around 50 warships and aircraft are now taking part in the exercise.

The ships and their crew joined in serialized trainings which include visit, board, search and seizure, gunnery exercise, replenishment-at-sea, combined anti-submarine and anti-air warfare drills.

The Philippine naval contingent for RIMPAC's FIP consist of the frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) and strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and an AW-109 naval helicopter with around 700 sailors and marines.

During the replishment-at-sea exercise, Zata said the BRP Andres Bonifacio was paired with the USNS Brashear (T-AKE-7) which suprised the Filipino ship and crew with the message, "We love Philippines, Good to See You Kababayan" which was attached to the American vessel's port side.

Also, the captain of the USNS Brashear took time to greet the officers and crew of BRP Andres Bonifacio while the latter were conducting a maneuver. "Magandang hapon, Kapitan (Good afternoon, Captain) Jerry Garrido at mga (and to the) crew ng (of) BRP Andres Bonifacio," Zata quoted Garrido as saying.

Also, the crew of the American ship took time to wave and greet their Filipino counterparts.

RIMPAC is the world's largest joint and combined naval exercise and slated from June 27 to August 2.

"Participating nations will demonstrate the inherent capabilities of their respective naval forces through a wide range of realistic exercises that include human assistance and disaster response, maritime security operations, sea maneuvers and complex warfighting. The exercise not only aims to harness each nation’s naval capabilities but also to bolster cooperation among participating nations to secure the maritime commons against threats," the PN spokesperson earlier said. (PNA)
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Post by: dr demented on July 17, 2018, 03:40:06 PM
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Corey Kolb, a platoon sergeant with 3rd platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, hikes along with Chilean, Philippine and U.S. Marines during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 15, 2018.

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Post by: dr demented on July 18, 2018, 01:10:48 PM
A Philippine marine holds an M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle after completing a hike to a firing range with U.S. Marines during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 15, 2018.

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Post by: dr demented on July 19, 2018, 12:48:50 PM
A Coast Guard Tactical Delivery Team (TDT) perform a hook and climb operation to board the Philippine Navy frigate BRP Andrés Bonifacio (FF 17) July 16, during a training operation as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. TDT members are part of the Coast Guard's Maritime Security Response Team-West and routinely train to board compliant and non-compliant vessels.

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Post by: dr demented on July 20, 2018, 10:05:23 PM
Special Operations Forces from the U.S., Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines and Japan conduct an airborne insertion during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise from a U.S. Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.

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Post by: dr demented on July 21, 2018, 06:37:23 PM
Multinational ships, (left to right) guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), Peruvian Navy maritime patrol boat BAP Ferré (PM 211) and the Philippine Navy frigate BRP Andrés Bonifacio (FF 17) sail in formation at sunset July 17, during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

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Post by: dr demented on July 22, 2018, 12:11:35 PM
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SOCPAC Conducts Airborne Exercises with Multinational Special Operations Forces during RIMPAC

WAHIAWA, HI, UNITED STATES
07.20.2018
Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos Gomez
Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet
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WAHIAWA, Hawaii – About 150 special operations forces members from seven countries flooded the skies during airborne operations in Wahiawa, July 17 and 19.

Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) conducted airborne operations with multinational Special Operations Forces (SOF) in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

In the spirit of RIMPAC, U.S. Army Special Forces from the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (SFG) partnered with SOF units from the Republic of Korea (ROK), India, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Japan, and SOCPAC for two days of conducting and refining static-line and military free fall parachuting techniques. While the jumps help all units involved maintain proficiency in their training requirements, there is a deeper theme to these events.

“It’s about building partnerships,” said U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Song, assigned to the 1st SFG out of Okinawa, Japan. “In SOF, that person-to-person relationship plays out big in the end.”

Song, the lead facilitator for SOF units during the airborne operations, understands the importance of bridging together different units from around the globe. This was the first time conducting an exercise of this scale and complexity, Song said, citing the many moving parts and countries involved.

“I’ve been in the military a long time and never had the chance to work with these nations,” said Indian Navy Lt. Cmdr. “VB”, assigned to the Indian Navy’s Marine Commando Force. “RIMPAC is incredible as it brings us all together.”

Aside from building rapport across nations, these events allow participants to learn from one another.

“These evolutions enable subject matter expert exchanges, key leader engagements, and familiarity between all countries involved,” said U.S. Army Master Sgt. Juan C. Lopez, the primary jumpmaster for the exercise. Improving interoperability and fostering professional relationships are also important outcomes, he said.

“Interoperability in training together is extremely important as we learn new things,” said ROK Navy Lt. “K”, assigned to ROK’s Naval Special Warfare Flotilla. “You never know when you’ll need it in the future.”

“All countries involved performed exceptionally,” Lopez said. “From the combined jump master teams, to the paratroopers, and the support personnel, everyone worked as a cohesive unit to execute a complex operation that exceeded expectations.”

Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, and about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 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.
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Post by: dr demented on July 25, 2018, 12:28:52 AM
A Philippine Navy special operations group free-fall parachuters take part in airborne insertion training during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 17.

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Post by: dr demented on July 26, 2018, 04:49:39 AM
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Flooding the skies
RIMPAC·Wednesday, July 25, 2018

About 150 special operations forces members from seven countries flooded the skies during airborne operations in Wahiawa, July 17 and 19.

Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) conducted airborne operations with multinational Special Operations Forces (SOF) in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

In the spirit of RIMPAC, U.S. Army Special Forces from the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (SFG) partnered with SOF units from the Republic of Korea (ROK), India, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Japan, and SOCPAC for two days of conducting and refining static-line and military free fall parachuting techniques. While the jumps help all units involved maintain proficiency in their training requirements, there is a deeper theme to these events.

“It’s about building partnerships,” said U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Song, assigned to the 1st SFG out of Okinawa, Japan. “In SOF, that person-to-person relationship plays out big in the end.”

Song, the lead facilitator for SOF units during the airborne operations, understands the importance of bridging together different units from around the globe. This was the first time conducting an exercise of this scale and complexity, Song said, citing the many moving parts and countries involved.

“I’ve been in the military a long time and never had the chance to work with these nations,” said Indian Navy Lt. Cmdr. “VB”, assigned to the Indian Navy’s Marine Commando Force. “RIMPAC is incredible as it brings us all together.”

Aside from building rapport across nations, these events allow participants to learn from one another.

“These evolutions enable subject matter expert exchanges, key leader engagements, and familiarity between all countries involved,” said U.S. Army Master Sgt. Juan C. Lopez, the primary jumpmaster for the exercise. Improving interoperability and fostering professional relationships are also important outcomes, he said.

“Interoperability in training together is extremely important as we learn new things,” said ROK Navy Lt. “K”, assigned to ROK’s Naval Special Warfare Flotilla. “You never know when you’ll need it in the future.”

“All countries involved performed exceptionally,” Lopez said. “From the combined jump master teams, to the paratroopers, and the support personnel, everyone worked as a cohesive unit to execute a complex operation that exceeded expectations.”

Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, and about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 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.
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Post by: dr demented on July 26, 2018, 01:49:24 PM
US Marine assault amphibious vehicles (AAV) assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment board Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur during RIMPAC 2018.

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Marines assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, drive an assault amphibious vehicle (AAV) on the well deck of the Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602) during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 23. This is the first time that Davao Del Sur has conducted operations with U.S. Marine AAVs.

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Philippine Navy Seaman 1st Boatswain's Mate Gerald Ramos guides an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment in the well deck of the Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602).

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Assault amphibious vehicles (AAV), assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, sit in the well deck of the Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602) after boarding.

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Marines assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment train Philippine Navy sailors on chaining down assault amphibious vehicles (AAV) in the well deck aboard the Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602).
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 26, 2018, 01:52:02 PM
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Marines assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment train Philippine Navy sailors on chaining down assault amphibious vehicles (AAV) in the well deck aboard the Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602).

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U.S. Marines, Philippine Navy sailors, Philippine Marines and Royal Australian Navy sailors gather for a photo after boarding assault amphibious vehicles (AAV) in the well deck of the Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602).

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U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Louis Caraglia, assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, speaks with Philippine Navy Captain Richard M. David, commanding officer of the Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602), after chaining down assault amphibious vehicles (AAV) in the well deck aboard Davao Del Sur.

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Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Gordon Jardine, assigned to Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Adelaide (L01), speaks with Philippine Navy sailors after boarding assault amphibious vehicles (AAV) in the well deck of the Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602).
Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 28, 2018, 07:16:43 AM
Royal Australian Navy Commodore Ivan Ingham and Chilean Navy Rear Adm. Pablo Niemanni, Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander, center-right, pause for a photo with Marines from the U.S. Marine Corps, Chilean Marines, Philippine Marines and Republic of Korea Marines during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 29, 2018, 11:34:29 AM
The Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602) transits the Pacific Ocean while underway during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 26.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 29, 2018, 11:41:21 AM
Joint military personnel from Chile, Philippines, South Korea and the U.S. run to search the area as a training improvised explosive device (IED) explodes at Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) as part of an airfield raid during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 30, 2018, 01:54:25 AM
RIMPAC 2018 multinational fleet sails in formation for photo exercise.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 30, 2018, 03:12:39 PM
Philippine Navy ships sail with partner nations during the RIMPAC 2018 group sail.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on July 31, 2018, 11:01:07 PM
U.S. Marines with Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, prepare to embark aboard the Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602).

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on August 01, 2018, 02:33:57 PM
Philippine Navy ships return to Pearl Harbor after the conclusion of the at-sea phase of RIMPAC 2018.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on August 03, 2018, 05:29:06 AM
U.S. Marines with Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment park their AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles aboard the Philippine Landing Dock 602 during the ship’s ramp certification for its future AAV use as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 23, 2018.

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Title: Re: RIMPAC 2018 -- Philippine Navy
Post by: dr demented on August 17, 2018, 01:09:22 PM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1045053

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PH Navy 'RIMPAC' contingent now in Guam

By Priam Nepomuceno August 16, 2018, 3:59 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy (PN) contingent to the recently-concluded "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) naval exercises have arrived at Apra Harbor, Guam Wednesday.

The contingent is composed of the strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) and frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) along with an AgustaWestland AW-109 helicopter and 700 sailors and marines.

This year's RIMPAC started June 27 and ended on August 2.

Cmdr. Jonathan Zata, PN spokesperson, said officials from the Philippine Consulate General in Guam headed by Consul Mark Francis C. Hamoy welcomed the naval units.

The head of the contingent, Naval Task Force 86, Capt. Ernesto O. Baldovino and his deputy, Capt. Joe Anthony Orbe, the commanding officers of the two sips, together with selected personnel of NTF 86 paid a courtesy call to the Philippine Consul General to Guam, Consul General Mariano R. De Borja, at the latter’s official residence in Jonestown, Tamuning.

The four-day visit is part of the contingent’s return voyage to the Philippines.

A series of activities were scheduled especially for Filipino communities residing in the area such as the PN-hosted reception and open ship tour.

"The Philippine Navy continues to conduct International Defense and Security Engagement as part of its diplomatic role. Said activity in Guam is one of the PN’s way of expressing patriotic pride that our Filipino community may look upon and gaining stakeholders support on the continuing efforts of the Navy towards its modernization," Zata added. (PNA)