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U.S. Marines deliver the boom during RIMPAC
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U.S. Marines with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, use a ramrod to push a round into a M777 towed 155 mm howitzer during live-fire training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 17, 2018. RIMPAC provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific.
U.S. Marines deliver the boom during RIMPAC
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U.S. Marines with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, fire a M777 towed 155 mm howitzer during live-fire training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 17, 2018. RIMPAC provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific.
Indonesian and U.S. Marine snipers hit the range during RIMPAC
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Indonesian Marine Sgt. Dedy, right, a sniper with the Indonesian Marine Corps, looks through his scope down range while U.S. Marine Cpl. Benjamin Garcia, a joint fires observer with scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, observes the shot groupings during live-fire training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 14, 2018. The live-fire training integrated sniper teams from other RIMPAC participants with U.S. Marines, which provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific.
Indonesian and U.S. Marine snipers hit the range during RIMPAC
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U.S. Marine Cpl. Keaton Bruder, a radio operator with scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, observes Indonesian Marine Cpl. Sugeng, a scout sniper with the Indonesian Marine Corps, as he aims a sniper rifle downrange during live-fire training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 14, 2018. The live-fire training integrated sniper teams from other RIMPAC participants with U.S. Marines, which provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific.
U.S. Marines deliver the boom during RIMPAC
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U.S. Marines with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, load high-explosive round in a M777 towed 155 mm howitzer during live-fire training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 17, 2018. RIMPAC provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific.
U.S. Marines deliver the boom during RIMPAC
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U.S. Marines with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, load a round in a M777 towed 155 mm howitzer during live-fire training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 17, 2018. RIMPAC provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific.
U.S. Marine snipers hit the range during RIMPAC
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U.S. Marine Cpl. Joseph Casalicchio, a radio transmitter operator with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, racks the bolt back on a M40A6 sniper rifle during live-fire training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 14, 2018. The live-fire training integrated sniper teams from other RIMPAC participants with U.S. Marines, which provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific.
ROK and U.S. Marines hike on Island of Hawaii during RIMPAC
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Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines hike to a firing range during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 15, 2018. RIMPAC provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific.
U.S. Marines deliver the boom during RIMPAC
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U.S. Marines with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, fire a M777 towed 155 mm howitzer during live-fire training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 17, 2018. RIMPAC provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific.
U.S. Marines, Army test fueling systems during RIMPAC
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U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Garrett Subik, a bulk fuel specialist with Marine Wing Support Detachment 24, prepares to fuel a AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter during a field test for an Expeditionary Mobile Fuel Additization Capability system as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 18, 2018. RIMPAC provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific.
About RIMPAC

Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

As the world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

The theme of RIMPAC 2018 is "Capable, Adaptive, Partners." Participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy operations, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations.

This year's exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

Marine Corps Participation

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Hawaii (MAGTF-HI) Marines are comprised of III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) units based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

The MAGTF-HI will exercise its ability to conduct amphibious operations by forcible entry using a variety of methods, including operational maneuver from the sea by long range raid, amphibious assault by amphibious vehicles, and seizure of aerial ports to enable follow-on joint force operations.  

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern California (MAGTF-SOCAL) Marines are comprised of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). MAGTF-SOCAL will be participating in the Southern California portion of RIMPAC.  The SoCal portion of the exercise focuses on amphibious contingency operations and interoperability between the U.S. and partner nations.