Military Sealift Command Ships In Hawaii to Support of RIMPAC 2016

Six Military Sealift Command ships have arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii in preparation for the start of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 multi-national, maritime exercise.

USNS  Rainier (T-AOe 7) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016. MSC ships will provide logistics services as well as tow and salvage and dive operations platforms during the month-long exercise.(U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/RELEASED)

USNS Rainier (T-AOe 7) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016. MSC ships will provide logistics services as well as tow and salvage and dive operations platforms during the month-long exercise.(U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/RELEASED)

MSC’s fleet replenishment oilers USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7), and dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Washington Chambers 9T-AKE 11) will provide logistics services including aviation fuel, bunker fuel, dry, fresh and frozen food as well as machine parts and equipment to the 40 ships participating in the exercise.MSC’s Rescue and Salvage Ship USNS Safeguard and fleet ocean tug USNS Navajo (T-ATF 169) will provide tow support as well as providing platforms for diving operations.

USNS Henry Kaiser (T-AO 187) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016. MSC ships will provide logistics services as well as tow and salvage and dive operations platforms during the month-long exercise.(U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Herman/RELEASED)

USNS Henry Kaiser (T-AO 187) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016. MSC ships will provide logistics services as well as tow and salvage and dive operations platforms during the month-long exercise.(U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Herman/RELEASED)

In addition to at-sea support, MSC reservists are also in Hawaii supporting this year’s RIMPAC. 3 CART teams, with a total of 11 units assigned, will work at-sea, onboard Kaiser, Rappahonnock and Rainier.  MSCPAC’s Hawaii Detachment, augmented by Expeditionary Port Unit 114 will man the CTF-173 MSCPAC Battle-watch.

Twenty-seven nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial RIMPAC exercise that will run through Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

 An aerial view of ships moored at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Ace Rheaume/Released)

An aerial view of ships moored at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Ace Rheaume/Released)

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