The United States Navy has announced that it will be actively participating in the 27th Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), but this year's exercise, which will take place from 17 to 31 August, will be held in a rather small way due to the coronavirus.
The 2-year naval exercise hosted by the US Pacific Fleet Command (USPACOM) will be an exercise only between naval platforms due to COVID-19 concerns.
The theme of this year's RIMPAC has been determined as “Capable, Adaptable, Partners”.
According to the announced information, RIMPAC 2020 will only be carried out between naval platforms and the participation of troops deployed on the coast will be minimized, ensuring the security of all participating military forces against COVID-19.
The US Pacific Fleet Command announced that it has modified the RIMPAC plan it changed due to COVID-19 to make an efficient and meaningful pursuit with maximum educational value and minimum risk for troops, allies and partners.
Improving Interoperability and Partnerships at Sea
The world's largest international naval exercise, RIMPAC, is held to develop and maintain collaborative relationships that are critical to support the Indo-Pacific region and ensure the safety of the sea lane.
The exercise in waters surrounding the Hawaiian islands is a training drill platform designed to improve interoperability and strategic maritime partnerships. 2018 countries participated in the drill held in 26.
"In these challenging times, it is more important than ever for our navy to work together to protect the vital maritime lanes and provide the freedom to navigate international waters," US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral John Aquilino said. said.
As the U.S. Navy continues to limit the spread of COVID-19, RIMPAC 2020 is not planned to include social events on land.
Common Harbor Pearl Harbor-Hickam will be accessible for logistics support, and minimum staff will be landed for command and control, logistics and other support functions.
This year's drill will include training exercises for multinational anti-submarine combat (ASW), maritime response operations and live shooting training, among other joint training opportunities.
"We are committed to protecting allies and partners in the Indian Pacific region," Aquilino said. used expressions.
RIMPAC 2020 will be led by Vice-Admiral Scott D. Conn, Commander of the US 3rd Fleet.
US Navy and COVID-19
In the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), a Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier from the US Navy, all ship crews were tested for COVID-19, and as a result, 969 seafarers were known to have a positive coronavirus test, and a seafarer died.
In the USS Kidd (DDG-100), which is the Arleigh Burke class destroyer, it is known that 19 seafarers out of 300 crews who tested COVID-64 were positive. (Source: defenceturk)