IN PHOTOS: PH Navy arrives in Hawaii for world’s largest naval exercises

Carmela Fonbuena
The Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) includes disaster response, maritime security operations, sea control, and complex warfighting

FIRST TIME. The Philippine Navy is participating in the biennial Exercise RIMPAC for the first time. All photos from Naval Public Affairs Office

MANILA, Philippines – A contingent of the Philippine Navy (PN) has arrived in Hawaii for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest combined naval exercises that will begin on Wednesday, June 27. 

The Philippines, participating in the exercises for the first time, brought two of its most capable ships. The 700-man contigent aboard the brand new BRP Davao Del Sur and the US hand-me-down warship BRP Andres Bonifacio arrived in Pearl Harbor Tuesday morning, June 26.

“For the first time the PN is sending a Naval Task Force to participate in the world’s largest joint and combined naval exercise, scheduled from June 27 to August 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands,” said navy spokesman Commander Jonathan Zata.

The exercises include disaster response, maritime security operations, sea control, and complex warfighting.

Here are photos provided by the Philippine Navy showing the country’s ships with vessels of other countries participating in the exercises. 

– Rappler.com