2 PN officers to participate in RIMPAC

March 1, 2014 10:12 am 

MANILA, Feb. 28 — Two Philippine Navy (PN) officers are set to participate in this year's RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise).

Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic said the unnamed officers will be attending the RIMPAC planning conference in California this April.

"And the same officers will be attending the actual exercises (off) Hawaii in July. The said officers will act as staff officers during the exercises," he added.

And when asked whether these PN officials will be observing the exercises aboard one of the naval vessels, Fabic said this will be determined during the planning conference.

"Usually they join other staff in (US Pacific Fleet) headquarters (in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) during exercises. They will act as staff officers during the war games," the PN spokesman said.

RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise.

It is held biennially during June and July of even-numbered years from Honolulu, Hawaii.

It is hosted and administered by the United States Navy's Pacific Fleet, headquartered at Pearl Harbor, in conjunction with the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and Hawaii National Guard forces under the control of the Governor of Hawaii.

The US invites allied military forces from the Pacific Rim nations to participate.

With RIMPAC the United States Pacific Command seeks to enhance interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces, ostensibly as a means of promoting stability in the region to the benefit of all participating nations. (PNA)



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