• PN delegates to RIMPAC to leave by June 2014

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    In a bid to further professionalize its ranks and give international exposure to its officers, the Philippine Navy (PN) on Tuesday announced that it will be sending two delegates to this year’s RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise).

    The naval war games will be held this June and July.

    Navy spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic said the PN delegates, he did not identify, will be flying by June to Hawaii.

    He added that the two delegates also attended the RIMPAC planning conference in California last April.

    “The said officers will act as staff officers during the exercises,” he added.

    When asked whether these PN officials will be observing the exercises aboard one of the naval vessels, Fabic stressed that this will be determined during the planning conference.

    “Usually they join other staff in (US Pacific Fleet) headquarters (in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) during exercises. They will act as staff officers during the war games,” the PN spokesperson stressed.

    RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise.

    It is held biennially during June and July of even-numbered years from Honolulu, Hawaii.

    It is hosted and administered by the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet, headquartered at Pearl Harbor, in conjunction with the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and Hawaii National Guard forces under the control of the Governor of Hawaii.

    The US invites allied military forces from the Pacific Rim nations to participate.

    With RIMPAC, the United States Pacific Command seeks to enhance interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces, ostensibly as a means of promoting stability in the region for the benefit of all participating nations. PNA

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