6 Aug 2012|


HMAS Darwin and HMAS Perth alongside Pearl Harbor on Exercise RIM-OF-THE-PACIFIC 2012 (RIMPAC 12).

Mid Caption: Approximately 1100 Australian sailors, soldiers, airmen and women are participating on Exercise RIM-OF-THE-PACIFIC (RIMPAC 12) from 27 Jun 12 to 2 Aug 12 in the Islands of Hawaii. Two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) war ships HMAS Darwin and HMAS Perth, the submarine HMAS Farncomb will be conducting a range of exercises and live firing. The Australian Clearance Diving Team will be working with other nations conducting explosive ordnance disposal and mine countermeasure activities in California and Hawaii. Also participating in the exercise are two AP-3C Orions, a S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter and the E7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) supported by Air Force personnel from Number 2 Squadron. Additionally 150 Army personnel from the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) with engineer, artillery and support elements are working with US Navy and US marine elements in the Hawaii operating area.
RIMPAC 12 is the world’s largest multilateral live-fire maritime training exercise held around the Islands of Hawaii. There are 22 participating nations including Australia, Canada, France and Russia. The US sponsored exercise is aimed to enhance the interoperability of the combined forces and involves war-fighting exercises, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) and maritime security operations.

Photo by CPL Chris Dickson
1st Joint Public Affairs Unit