Stunning Photos When 42 Warships & Submarines Steaming In Close Formation



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Jul 31 2014
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RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise) is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. Held biennially during June-July from Honolulu, Hawaii, which was started in 1971, is hosted and administered by the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet, headquartered at Pearl Harbour. The main reason why such exercise is held in this region is quite obvious – this is perhaps the only place on planet Earth that any future major conflicts could trigger the next World War 3.

 

Besides, Pearl Harbour was the only United States naval base attacked by the Empire of Japan on Dec 7, 1941, dealing a major humiliation to the superpower’s military strength and readiness. Of course, strategically, United States already have a good coverage in Europe, Japan and Philippines thus a presence in the middle of Pacific Ocean serves as an excellent defence layer between America and Asia.

BattleShip - RIMPAC 2014

While RIMPAC acronym is alien to many readers, “Pacific Rim”, a 2013 American science fiction monster film about Earth fighting Kaijus was a box office which earned a whopping US$411 million worldwide. Did the film gets its name from RIMPAC? Nevertheless, the storyline of RIMPAC closely resembles “Battleship”, another 2012 American military science fiction war film about a 2012 RIMPAC exercise that actually met some alien spacecraft which arrived thanks to NASA signal.

 

This year’s RIMPAC, the 24th in the series which is scheduled from June 26 to August 1, involves 22 nations, 49 surface ships, 6 submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel. Participants include units from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

RIMPAC 2014 - Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Ise (DDH 182)

[ RIMPAC 2014 – Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Ise (DDH 182) steams in close formation ]

Yes, for the first time since RIMPAC’s inception, China is actually participating although the country and United States have had numerous military confrontations. Even during such RIMPAC exercise, China sent an uninvited Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) ship, of which U.S. top commander Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III claimed was spying but he “welcomes” it.

 

U.S. Navy has recently released some awesome photos about RIMPAC exercise, particularly on the American’s strength. One of them was the 42 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations steam in close formation – led by USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Others include People’s Republic of China, People’s Liberation Army (Navy) ship Qiandaohu (AO 886), attack submarine USS Charlotte (SSN 766) and hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

RIMPAC 2014 - Forty-two ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations steam in close formation 1

[ RIMPAC 2014 – Forty-two ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations steam in close formation ]

RIMPAC 2014 - USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) steams in close formation

[ RIMPAC 2014 – USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) steams in close formation ]

RIMPAC 2014 - USS Peleliu (LHA 5) steams in close formation

[ RIMPAC 2014 – USS Peleliu (LHA 5) steams in close formation ]

RIMPAC 2014 - U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) steams in close formation

[ RIMPAC 2014 – U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) steams in close formation ]

RIMPAC 2014 - China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy ship Peace Ark

[ RIMPAC 2014 – China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy ship Peace Ark ]

RIMPAC 2014 - Republic of Korea ship Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong (DDG 993) steams in close formation

[ RIMPAC 2014 – Republic of Korea ship Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong (DDG 993) steams in close formation ]

RIMPAC 2014 - An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, flies over the People's Liberation Army (Navy) frigate Yueyang (FF 575)

[ RIMPAC 2014 – An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, flies over the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) frigate Yueyang (FF 575) ]

RIMPAC 2014 - Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)

RIMPAC 2014 - A Royal Australian Navy Collins class submarine transits the surface in formation

[ RIMPAC 2014 – A Royal Australian Navy Collins class submarine transits the surface in formation ]

RIMPAC 2014 - A U.S. Navy Los Angeles-class submarine transits the surface in formation

[ RIMPAC 2014 – A U.S. Navy Los Angeles-class submarine transits the surface in formation ]

RIMPAC 2014 - People's Republic of China, People's Liberation Army (Navy) ship Qiandaohu (AO 886) steams in close formation

[ RIMPAC 2014 – People’s Republic of China, People’s Liberation Army (Navy) ship Qiandaohu (AO 886) steams in close formation ]

RIMPAC 2014 - U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) (foreground) and Chilean Navy ship CNS Blanco Encalada (FF 15) steam in close formation

[ RIMPAC 2014 – U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) (foreground) and Chilean Navy ship CNS Blanco Encalada (FF 15) steam in close formation ]

RIMPAC 2014 - The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) is underway

[ RIMPAC 2014 – The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) is underway ]

RIMPAC 2014 - Sailors aboard USS Anchorage (LPD 23) prepare an MH-53E helicopter for flight operations

[ RIMPAC 2014 – Sailors aboard USS Anchorage (LPD 23) prepare an MH-53E helicopter for flight operations ]

RIMPAC 2014 - The Royal New Zealand Navy strategic sealift HMNZS Canterbury (L 421)

[ RIMPAC 2014 – The Royal New Zealand Navy strategic sealift HMNZS Canterbury (L 421) ]

RIMPAC 2014 - The Republic of Singapore Navy's ship RSS Intrepid (F 69)

[ RIMPAC 2014 – The Republic of Singapore Navy’s ship RSS Intrepid (F 69) ]

RIMPAC 2014 - Participating in a Harpoon Missile firing exercise is a rare occurrence - a once-in-a-career occasion for most

[ RIMPAC 2014 – Participating in a Harpoon Missile firing exercise is a rare occurrence – a once-in-a-career occasion for most ]

RIMPAC 2014 - Forty-two ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations steam in close formation 2

[ RIMPAC 2014 – Forty-two ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations steam in close formation ]

RIMPAC 2014 - Forty-two ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations steam in close formation 3

[ RIMPAC 2014 – Forty-two ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations steam in close formation ]

 

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