Australien — Pacific Rim nations prepare for ultimate test off Hawaii

The Aus­tralian Defence Force’s largest inter­na­tion­al mar­itime exer­cise, com­prised of three ships, two AP-3C Ori­on air­craft and approx­i­mate­ly 1200 per­son­nel com­mences in Hawaii this week.

Exer­cise Rim-of-the-Pacif­ic (RIMPAC) 2010 is designed to test their inter­op­er­abil­i­ty with 14 Pacif­ic Rim nations, includ­ing the Unit­ed States, South Korea, Indone­sia and Cana­da.

This year will mark the 22nd RIMPAC.

Aus­tralian Navy ships HMAS Kan­im­bla, New­cas­tle and War­ra­munga; Navy Clear­ance Divers; sol­diers from the Townsville-based 2nd Bat­tal­ion, Roy­al Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment; and mem­bers of 11 Squadron and 92Wing from Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force Base Edin­burgh in South Aus­tralia will the largest and most impor­tant exer­cise Aus­tralia has par­tic­i­pat­ed in for many years.

The Com­man­der of Australia’s con­tin­gent to RIMPAC 10, Com­modore Stu­art May­er, says the bian­nu­al exer­cise will be the ulti­mate test of how we oper­ate with our Pacif­ic part­ners.

“This RIMPAC will also give both Navy and Army the chance to exer­cise in an amphibi­ous space,” Com­modore May­er said.

“The first of two new Aus­tralian amphibi­ous Land­ing Heli­copter Dock ships (LHDs) is due to be com­plet­ed in 2014 so we con­tin­ue to exer­cise our devel­op­ing amphibi­ous capa­bil­i­ty in this envi­ron­ment. The infor­ma­tion shar­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties pre­sent­ed by RIMPAC direct­ly con­tribute to our prepa­ra­tions for the LHD.

“This is an excit­ing new capa­bil­i­ty the ADF is tak­ing on and the Navy, Army and Air Force will have a role to play,” Com­modore May­er said.

This RIMPAC will be the last for the Navy’s 817 Sea King Squadron which is due to be de-com­mis­sioned in 2011.

RIMPAC 2010 will be con­duct­ed until the 1st of August 2010.

For inter­views with CDRE May­er, please con­tact Defence Media liai­son.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia