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RIMPAC 2018: Asia-Pacific navies deepen interoperability in group sail towards Hawaii

26 June 2018
Vessels from India, Japan, the Philippines, and Singapore seen here in a group sail to Hawaii for 'RIMPAC' 2018. Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence.

In a bid to improve interoperability between the services, a formation of vessels from Asia-Pacific navies that are taking part in ‘RIMPAC’ 2018 conducted a formation steaming operation from 22-24 June.

The operation, which involved vessels from India, Japan, the Philippines, and Singapore, was conducted while the formation sailed from the waters off Guam to Hawaii.

Vessels involved in the formation steaming were the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN’s) Formidable-class frigate RSS Tenacious (71); the Indian Navy’s Shivalik (Project 17)-class frigate INS Sahyadri (F 49); the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF's) Hyuga-class helicopter carrier JS Ise (182); and the Philippine Navy’s strategic sealift vessel BRP Davao Del Sur (602) and Del Pilar-class frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio (17). Also taking part in the formation was the US Navy’s (USN’s) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (110).

Vessels from the Philippine Navy are taking part in Exercise ‘RIMPAC’ for the first time, although representatives from the service were present at previous iterations as observers.

Besides sailing in formation, other activities that were conducted over the three days included manoeuvring drills, cross-deck landing of helicopters, and personnel exchanges, according to information released by the JMSDF.

“These interactions at sea enhanced friendship and mutual understanding while deepening interoperability,” said the Singapore Ministry of Defence in a statement on the operation.

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