Commanding Officer, HMAS Canberra, Captain Chris Smith has hosted an official reception for dignitaries and invited guests on the ship’s light vehicle deck after the commencement of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.
The reception was attended by Australian Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston and RIMPAC commanders from participating nations. The evening included a ceremonial sunset supported by the Royal Australian Navy Band-Sydney.
RIMPAC 16 will be the first international military exercise for HMAS Canberra and her embarked MRH90 helicopters as well as the MH-60R “Romeo” Seahawk helicopters embarked in HMA Ships Warramunga and Ballarat.
The Australian Defence Force is deploying three ships, three aircraft and more than 1,650 personnel to take part in Exercise Rim of the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii and California.
The multinational activity held from 30 June to 4 August 2016 is the world’s largest maritime exercise and includes more than 25,000 personnel from 26 countries.
The exercise aims to strengthen international maritime partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential operations.
US Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, commander of the US 3rd Fleet is serving as the Combined Task Force (CTF) commander. Canadian Rear Admiral Scott Bishop is deputy commander of the CTF, and Japan Maritime Self Defence Force Rear Admiral Koji Manabe is the vice commander.
Other key leaders of the multinational force include Royal Australian Navy Commodore Mal Wise who will command the maritime component; Brigadier General 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 James Gilmour.