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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 295-00
May 30, 2000

SEVEN NATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN RIMPAC 2000

Seven nations are participating in exercise "Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2000," a major maritime exercise in the Pacific Ocean in the vicinity of Hawaii.

The exercise will bring together forces of Australia, Chile, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom for training operations from May 30 - July 6, 2000.

More than 50 ships, 200 aircraft and 22,000 sailors, airmen, Marines, soldiers and CoastGuardsmen will be participating 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 2000 is the 17th in a series of Pacific naval exercises conducted periodically since 1971.

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

RIMPAC 2000 will be under the overall coordination of the U.S. Third Fleet commanded by Navy Vice Adm. Dennis V. McGinn. Operational command of individual units during the exercise will be the responsibility of the respective national commanders.

Other principal commanders include: Commodore Ken McMillian, commander, Canadian Fleet Pacific, Canadian Navy; Commodore Jim Stapleton, COMFLOT, Royal Australian Navy; Rear Adm. Tamotsu Kato, commander, Escort Flotilla Two, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force; U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Peter Marzluff, commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group Five; U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Phillip Balisle, commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group Three; and U.S. Navy Rear Adm. David Hart, commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group One.

Correspondents interested in covering RIMPAC exercise events should visit the RIMPAC 2000 web site at: http://www.cpf.navy.mil/rimpac2000 or contact the RIMPAC Combined Information Bureau at (808) 471-9382.

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