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Release No: 297-98
August 08, 1998


Six Pacific nations will participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 1998, a major maritime exercise in the Pacific Ocean in the vicinity of Hawaii.

The exercise will bring together maritime forces of Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States for training operations from July 6 through Aug. 6, 1998.

More than 50 ships, 200 aircraft and 25,000 U.S. Navy, Air Force, Marine, Army and Coast Guard men and women will be involved in this regularly scheduled exercise.

RIMPAC is designed to enhance the tactical capabilities of participating units in major aspects of maritime operations at sea. RIMPAC 98 is the sixteenth in a series of Pacific naval exercises, which began in 1971 as an annual exercise and became a biannual exercise in 1974.

This year's exercise involves a wide variety of naval combatants: an aircraft carrier, submarines, amphibious forces, and tactical aircraft. Following the tactical phase of the exercise off Hawaii, units will transit to Pearl Harbor for port visits and exercise debriefs.

RIMPAC 98 will be under the coordination of the U.S. Third Fleet, which is commanded by Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN. Operational command of individual units during the exercise will be the responsibility of respective national commanders. Other principal commanders include: Rear Adm. Ron Buck, commander, Canadian Fleet Pacific, Canadian Navy; Commodore Russ Sholders, commmander flotilla, Royal Australian Navy; Rear Adm. Yoshihiro Sakaue, commander, Escort Flotilla One, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force; Capt. Kim Young-Ok, Republic Of Korea Navy; Cmdr. Jorge Chubretovich Soffia, Chilean Navy; Rear Adm. Daniel Bowler, USN, commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Five; Rear Adm. Alfred G. Harms Jr., USN, commander Carrier Group Three; and Rear Adm. Tim Lafleur, USN, commander Cruiser Destroyer Group One.

Beginning July 1, RIMPAC will be documented on the RIMPAC 98 homepage at www.cpf.navy.mil/rimpac98/index.htm. The point of contact is the Third Fleet public affairs officer, LCdr. Susan Haeg, comm. (619) 524-9562 or DSN 524-9562.

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