As part of the Colombian Navy's commitment to strengthening international cooperation and relations with countries that have work in the Pacific Ocean, we participated in edition No.28 of the RIMPAC - Rim of the Pacific - naval exercises, which took place from June 29 to August 04 of this year, in the United States.
A group of the Colombian Navy, under the leadership of Vice Admiral Francisco Hernando Cubides Granados, Commander of the Pacific Naval Force, was part of the General Staff of this international naval training operation, in which the Navies of 25 countries participated with more than 20,000 military units, which puts us at the level of the United States Navy, is a sample of confidence in the professional capacity of our Officers.
These naval exercises, which are considered the most important in the Pacific region, are carried out in the vicinity of the island state of Hawaii in the United States and aim to promote regional stability; in the same way, promote cooperation and multinational confidence, in addition to improving the interoperability of the different units of the participating countries.
With this operation, the military Forces related to humanitarian assistance, maritime control operations and complex naval operations in the areas of anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, anti-aircraft warfare and amphibious operations are strengthened.
WHAT IS RIMPAC?
RIMPAC is the abbreviation of Rim of the Pacific, which refers to the union of multiple nations in the largest international naval operation in the Pacific Ocean, which aims to strengthen interoperability conducted by countries, promoting stability in the region and the protection of maritime communication lines.
The first operation RIMPAC was carried out in the year of 1971 and since then it is carried out every two years in Hawaii; it is directed by the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy that has its headquarters in the Port of Pearl Harbor. It is organized jointly with the Navy Infantry and the Coast Guard of that country.
This year, the Navies of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam participated in RIMPAC.
Source: Press - Navy of Colombia