Sunday, August 1, 2010

Maritime Exercise RIMPAC Wraps Up

ountry "Orange" ignores all diplomatic and political requests to cease operations in country "Green," and a sea battle ensues.That was the framework for the final "free play" tactical phase of Rim of the Pacific war games Sunday through yesterday as the big 40-day maritime exercise wraps up in Hawaii waters.RIMPAC is advertised as interoperability practice between allied nations, but real-world threats are never far behind.Diesel electric submarines from Japan and South Korea stalked the U.S. aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan in the final phase -- simulating a growing undersea worry as nonallied nations build up their stock of quiet subs in the Pacific.Five submarines, more than 170 aircraft and about 20,000 personnel took part in RIMPAC, which involved the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
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