Canada Participates in RIMPAC 2014
More than 1 000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen will participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s premier combined and joint maritime exercise, from June 26 to August 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Twenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25 000 personnel in total will participate in RIMPAC 2014.
This year, the Royal Canadian Navy will send Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Calgary, Victoria, Nanaimo, and Whitehorse, as well as a clearance dive team.
The Canadian Army’s participation in RIMPAC 2014 will consist of a Company Group based on a Rifle Company from the Third Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, from Edmonton, Alberta.
The Royal Canadian Air Force will send eight CF-18 Hornets, one CC-130 Hercules, one CC-150 Polaris, and three CP-140 Auroras to support RIMPAC 14.
Canadian military officers will occupy several key leadership positions during RIMPAC 14. They include: the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander, Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier; the Deputy Commander Combined Forces Air Component Command, Colonel Dave Lowthian; and the Deputy Commander Combined Task Group 172.2, Colonel Iain Huddleston.
Additional members of the Canadian Armed Forces will provide logistics and other support, and occupy various other staff and leadership positions during the exercise.