RIMPAC on parade
A parade of modern naval architecture underway in the bright blue of the Pacific, showing off some 23 ships and submarines!
The great formation PHOTOEX captured on the below 5~ minute video shows off the multinational navy ships and a submarine navigate in formation during a group sail off the coast of Hawaii during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020, August 21.
The video includes lots of close-ups of the individual ships:
0:14 Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Regina (FFH 334) in beautiful WWII camo
0:26 U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)
0:32 Philippine Navy’s first guided-missile frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150)
0:37 RAN HMAS Stuart (FFH 153)
0:54 Singapore Navy Formidable-class frigate RSS Supreme (FFG 73)
1:01 Royal New Zealand Navy salvage ship HMNZS Manawanui (A09)
1:07 Destroyer ROKS Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin (DDH-975)
1:16 Royal Brunei Navy Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel KDB Darulehsan (OPV 07)
1:22 Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Munro (WMSL 755)
1:25 RAN replenishment ship HMAS Sirius (O 266)
1:43 USS Jefferson City (SSN-759) (always nice to see an LA-class attack boat on the surface)
2:29 RAN frigate HMAS Stuart (FFH 153)
Also seen, although not in the same detail, are the RAN frigate HMAS Arunta (FFH 151) and the guided-missile destroyer HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), the Japanese guided-missile destroyer JS Ashigara (DDG 178), French Navy Marine Nationale patrol ship FS Bougainville (A622), MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), Essex’s escorts the guided-missile destroyers USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and USS Dewey (DDG 105) as well as the aging Tico-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70).
“Like-minded nations come together in RIMPAC in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific where all nations enjoy unfettered access to the seas and airways in accordance with international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) upon which all nations’ economies depend,” said Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Ten nations, 22 ships, 1 submarine, and more than 5,300 personnel are participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) from August 17 to 31 at sea in the waters surrounding Hawaii. RIMPAC is a biennial exercise designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships, critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The exercise is a unique training platform designed to enhance interoperability and strategic maritime partnerships. RIMPAC 2020 is the 27th exercise in the series that began in 1971.