IDF to Participate in RIMPAC Naval Exercise for the First Time

27 countries will take part in RIMPAC 2018, the world’s largest international maritime exercise, including first-time participants from Israel, Brazil, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam

Israeli Navy Sa'ar 5 corvettes (Photo: IDF)

The biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercise, led by the US 3rd fleet, was first held in 1971. This year’s exercise, the 26th RIMPAC, will include first-time participants from Israel, Brazil, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. 

The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

Last week, the Commander of the US 3rd Fleet hosted the final planning conference (FPC) for the exercise. More than 1,000 personnel from 27 countries participating in RIMPAC 2018 attended the FPC to streamline preparations for the exercise. 

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit confirmed the participation of the Israeli Navy in the exercise: "As part of the efforts to maintain its competence and develop its capabilities, the Navy takes part in international exercises regularly. In the coming weeks, Israel's naval arm is expected to participate in the RIMPAC exercise, one of the largest exercises in the field of naval warfare."

 

[Source: dvidshub]

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