Photo By: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth
Kaneohe, HI - Marines assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, and Royal Australian Army Capt. Ken Semmens, cavalry officer from Townsville, Queensland, gather near the back of a R7-A1 amphibious assault vehicle on Pyramid beach for a safety briefing prior to splashing into the ocean July 12, to meet up with the USS Essex (LHD-2) off shore during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from Jun. 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC 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. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.
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