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Canada Participates in World's Largest Maritime Exercise — RIMPAC 2014

OTTAWA – More than 1 000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen will participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s premier combined and joint maritime exercise, from June 26 to August 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

Quick Facts

  • Canadian participation underlines the strategic importance of the Asia-Pacific region, of increasing national interest in the area, and of building interoperability with like-minded military forces.
  • This year, the Royal Canadian Navy will send Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Calgary, Victoria, Nanaimo, and Whitehorse, as well as a clearance dive team.
  • The Canadian Army’s participation in RIMPAC 2014 will consist of a Company Group based on a Rifle Company from the Third Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, from Edmonton, Alberta.
  • The Royal Canadian Air Force will send eight CF-18 Hornets, one CC-130 Hercules, one CC-150 Polaris, and three CP-140 Auroras to support RIMPAC 14.
  • Canadian military officers will occupy several key leadership positions during RIMPAC 14. They include: the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander, Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier; the Deputy Commander Combined Forces Air Component Command, Colonel Dave Lowthian; and the Deputy Commander Combined Task Group 172.2, Colonel Iain Huddleston.
  • Additional members of the Canadian Armed Forces will provide logistics and other support, and occupy various other staff and leadership positions during the exercise.
  • Twenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25 000 personnel in total will participate in RIMPAC 2014.
  • RIMPAC is a biennial exercise that aims to foster multinational cooperation and trust, enhance interoperability, enable professional engagement and achieve national objectives, with the collective purpose of building capable and adaptive partnerships.
  • This year's exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, 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. Of note, this year is the first time that Brunei and the People’s Republic of China will participate in RIMPAC.
  • RIMPAC 14 will be the 24th exercise in this series and Canada has participated in every iteration since RIMPAC’s inception in 1971.
  • RIMPAC 14 will also feature a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief event that will help train expeditionary forces to respond to foreign disasters.

Quotes

“Canada has a continuing interest in the Asia-Pacific region and in Asia-Pacific issues, and our significant participation in RIMPAC 14 is a demonstration of our engagement in the region. Canada has been working to strengthen its defence relationships throughout the region and is committed to deliver on its role as a reliable and trusted security partner.”
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence

“As a Pacific nation, Canada is committed to working with our partners in the region to be ready to respond to events across the spectrum of safety, security and defence missions. This exercise provides us with an excellent opportunity to build on our readiness, and to ensure that we have the right mix of people, equipment, and resources, and the requisite training in place to meet the tasks assigned by the Government of Canada."
General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff
 
“The increased occurrence of extraordinary disasters abroad and subsequent humanitarian crises means that the Canadian Armed Forces must be prepared to use their unique capabilities at all times. RIMPAC offers realistic training scenarios that enhance our ability to maintain a multi-purpose, combat-capable force that can integrate seamlessly into operations with multinational partners.”
Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command

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