Indonesian Marines prepare for RIMPAC
By Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
| | July 06, 2010
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII --
Indonesian Marines participated with United States Marines in water survival techniques here July 2 in preparation for Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2010.
RIMPAC is a biennial exercise that improves the interoperability of partner nations.
In total, there are 14 nations, 32 ships, five submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 20,000 personnel participating.
As personnel will be traveling between various ships and the islands of Hawaii, it is necessary for personnel to complete Shallow Water Egress Training (SWET), which is taught at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
“Today we are training U.S. Marines and Indonesian Marines on how to use an underwater breathing device in case the helicopter they are in crashes into the sea,” said James Grumbling, the chief instructor at Survival Systems.
More than 40 Indonesian Marines had the opportunity to receive the training alongside U.S. Marines. There were some challenges due to language differences, but thanks to translators and universal hand gestures, the training went smoothly.