About the Exercise
Held every two years by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), RIMPAC 2012 is a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
This year's RIMPAC exercise, the 23rd in the series that began in 1971, is scheduled from June 27 to August 7, with an opening reception scheduled for June 29 and closing reception August 3. Twenty-two nations, 40 surface ships, 6 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 United States 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.
Vice Admiral Gerald R. Beaman
Commander, Combined Task Force
Rear Admiral Fumiyuki Kitagawa
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Vice Commander, Combined Task Force
Rear-Admiral Ron Lloyd
Royal Canadian Navy
Deputy Commander, Combined Task Force
Commodore Stuart Campbell Mayer
Royal Australian Navy
Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander
Brigadier-General Michael Hood
Royal Canadian Air Force
Combined Forces Air Component Commander
Brigadier General Richard L. Simcock
U.S. Marine Corps
Combined Force Land Component Commander