Global Navies Assemble for RIMPAC [IMAGES]

Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are currently participating in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise off the Hawaiian Island from June 29 to Aug. 3.

RIMPAC is the world’s largest multi-national maritime exercise which provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 27, 2012) – Ships and submarines participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2012 sail in formation in the waters around the Hawaiian islands.
(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Devinney/RELEASED)
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(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Devinney/RELEASED)
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PACIFIC OCEAN (July 27, 2012) Ships and submarines participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2012 sail in formation in the waters around the Hawaiian islands.
(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Devinney/RELEASED)
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(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Devinney/RELEASED)
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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) sails in tight formation with other ships participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
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The Russian Navy Udaloy-class destroyer RFS Admiral Panteleyev (BPK 548) transits the Pacific Ocean along side the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the other ships and submarines participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.
U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith W. DeVinney (Released)
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Russian ship RFS Admiral panteleyev (BPK 548) sails during a formation exercise during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.
(U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (EXW) Sebastian McCormack/RELEASED)
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Singapore ship RSS Formidable (68), USS Chosin (CG 65), Russian ship RFS Boris Butoma, USS Crommelin (FFG 37), HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283) sail during a formation exercise during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.
(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Devinney/RELEASED)
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HMAS Darwin (FFG 04), USS Stockdale (DDG 106), Japanese Self Defense Force Ship JS Shirane (DDH 143), HMAS Perth (FFH 157), and USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) sail during a formation exercise during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.
U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith W. DeVinney (Released)
Republic of Korea ROKS Choi Young (DDH 981) USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) rimpac
Republic of Korea ROKS Choi Young (DDH 981), and USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) sail during a formation exercise during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.
U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith W. DeVinney (Released)
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The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ship JS Shirane (DDH 143) and the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57) sail in close formation during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)
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Former United States Navy Ship Kilauea breaks apart and sinks following a torpedo attack from the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2012

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