Royal Canadian Navy concludes participation at RIMPAC 2020

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Navy News / September 1, 2020

A Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Task Group, comprised of approximately 500 personnel aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Regina and Winnipeg, successfully completed Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020 on August 31.

The exercise was an intensive two-week program that included multinational anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction operations and live-fire training events. The two Cyclones and their crews performed exceptionally well throughout the exercise, the first occasion for the Royal Canadian Air Force to deploy these helicopters in the biannual exercise.

From the 17th to the 31st of August, sailors and aviators trained alongside navies from allied and trusted partner nations from the Asia Pacific region. Hosted biennially by the U.S. Navy’s Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, this year’s exercise was designed as an “at-sea only” event to address concerns around COVID.

During this year’s exercise, the RCN took several steps to mitigate the risk to the naval team, both in sea-going and shore-based units. These measures included increased cleaning routines on board ships and personal hygiene for our ship’s companies.

“I am very proud of how our naval personnel represented the Canadian Armed Forces during this year’s modified version of RIMPAC,” said Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander RCN.

“Canadian security and prosperity rely increasingly on our relations in the Asia Pacific: our longstanding participation in RIMPAC highlights our ongoing commitment to working with allied and trusted partners to foster peace and stability in the region.

Canada is an original participant in RIMPAC and is one of only three nations to have participated in every iteration of the exercise. Participation this year balanced the requirement to complete critical tasks and high readiness training in support of planned operations with the requirement to protect the health and safety of our personnel.

In total, 22 surface ships, one submarine, multiple aircraft and approximately 5,300 personnel from Australia, Brunei, Canada, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States participated in the exercise.

“RIMPAC 2020 was a great success,” said Captain (Navy) Scott Robinson, Task Group Commander.

“We gained invaluable training experience, improved our ability to operate in a coalition environment, proved key combat capabilities and fostered trust amongst allies and partner navies while ensuring the health and wellbeing of our sailors and aviators.”

Having completed the exercise, the next phase of HMCS Winnipeg’s deployment will be participation in Operation PROJECTION Asia-Pacific, which demonstrates Canada’s ongoing commitment to global peace and that the RCN is ready to defend Canada’s interests in the region.