Marines prepare partner nations for RIMPAC 2010[MIGRATE]

By Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young | July 06, 2010

Canadian, Australian, Malaysian and Tongan forces participated in Shallow Water Egress Training (SWET), Marine weapons safety and many other training classes here June 30 in preparation for Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2010.

The SWET training was geared toward RIMPAC personnel who will be traveling daily between ships by way of helicopter.

It’s important that the participants know the equipment they will be using,” said SWET instructor Bruce Burns, a native of Hawaii. “They have to know how to escape from the helicopter in case of a crash and must also know how to use the air supply,” he added.

Meanwhile that same day, U.S. Marines helped Tongan troops sight their weapons, Australian forces were briefed on weapons safety, and Malaysian Marines waited patiently for their turn at the firing range.

“We’ve conducted a basic familiarization shoot and a combat shoot while working with the Tongans, Malaysians and Australians,” said Lance Cpl. Cody Adams.

Learning has been equal on both sides as U.S. Marines are also learning from their partner nations in this exercise.