San Diego, California - Four multinational groups have set sail toward Hawaii in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise commencing June 30. Participating in Group Sail, 10 ships departed from San Diego, while 12 ships met in the Western Pacific Ocean.
USS America (LHA 6) departed San Diego June 21, leading Canadian ship HMCS Vancouver, Chilean ship CNS Cochrane, USS San Diego (LPD 22), and USS Howard (DDG 83).
USS Princeton (CG 59) departed San Diego June 22 along with Canadian ship HMCS Calgary, USCGC Stratton, and USS Pinckney (DDG 91).
USS Coronado (LCS 4) departed San Diego June 23.
Singaporean ship RSS Steadfast departed the Western Pacific Ocean June 18 with Japanese ship JS Hyuga, Indonesian ship KRI Diponegoro, Indian ship INS Satpura, and USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93).
USS Stockdale (DDG 106) departed the Western Pacific Ocean June 18 with USS William P Lawrence (DDG 110), and the People's Republic of China vessels PLA(N) Hengshui, PLA(N) Peace Ark, PLA(N) Xian, PLA(N) Gaoyouhu, and PLA(N) Changdao.
The ships participating in Group Sail are expected to arrive in Pearl Harbor during the last week of June.
Conducted prior to the start of RIMPAC, Group Sail offers participating units the chance to operate together and conduct basic training-like tactical maneuvering drills and communication system checks. Group Sail helps prepare participating units for the more complex exercises conducted during RIMPAC.
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 is hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet and executed by U.S. Third Fleet in the Hawaiian operating area. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.