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Total Force Teamwork Leads to RIMPAC Success Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, three submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

There is a tendency for people to think of the U.S. military as a massive singular unit, rather than complimentary units working in unison. This is actually how the Armed Forces function and nowhere is that concept more on display than during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022.

RIMPAC 2022, a biennial international maritime exercise, showcasing collaboration between 26 partner nations on a large scale. This is not its only function, however, as it also facilitates the opportunity for different branches of the American Armed Forces to come together and learn from each other.

RIMPAC is known as a maritime exercise by virtue of the U.S. Navy serving as the host service, and working with them is a key component of operations for all who participate. “There was a lot of coordination just from something as simple as making sure we have forklifts and vehicles to operate,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt.

Terrelle Thomas, a maintenance production superintendent from the 29th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. “We had to figure out the space of the airfield that we could actually have or flight lines that we can access.”

He said it could have been a logistical nightmare, but the Navy and Marines at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, were easy to work with. All parties involved were able to find common ground in working toward a shared goal.