At Sea (NNS) -- Naval surface forces from five different nations began arriving in Hawaii June 28, in preparation for the upcoming Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) maritime exercise.
The ships sailed from San Diego June 21 in a group conducted by Commander Destroyer Squadron (COMDESRON) 23, and consists of surface combatants from the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia and Chile.
The unified transit from San Diego allowed each of the nations the opportunity to further strengthen maritime cooperation through a series of exercises and evolutions, said COMDESRON 23 Commander Capt. William James Parker III.
"This transit showcases the cooperative relationship of each participant in this sail," he said. "Each brings capabilities and insights that we're eager to further demonstrate at the RIMPAC maritime exercise."
COMDESRON 23 will join the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and other elements of Carrier Strike Group 11, along with 17 other nations to kick off RIMPAC, June 29.
Held every two years by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), RIMPAC 2012 is a multinational maritime exercise, the 23rd in the series that began in 1971, scheduled from June 29 to August 3. Twenty-two nations, 42 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate. Units from Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, and the U.S. will participate. Military personnel from Colombia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Republic of Philippines, Thailand, Tonga and the United Kingdom will also participate.
RIMPAC is a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.
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