Canadian Armed Forces successfully complete Exercise RIMPAC 2018

News release

August 3, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

A Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) contingent of more than 1 000 personnel successfully completed Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 today, following an intensive multi-week program conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Along with personnel, the CAF deployed five ships and a CP-140 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

From June 27 to August 2, the CAF operated alongside approximately 25 000 military personnel from 24 other nations as well as more than 200 aircraft and 50 ships and submarines. Underscoring the RIMPAC theme of “Capable, Adaptive, Partners,” the CAF contingent demonstrated excellence in complex land, sea, and air operations, while integrating with allied forces.

RIMPAC is the world’s largest maritime exercise. Canada, along with Australia and the United States, has participated in every exercise since its inception in 1971, making RIMPAC 2018 the 26th exercise in the series. RIMPAC is held every two years, led by the Commander, United States Pacific Fleet and executed by the Commander, United States 3rd Fleet.


“RIMPAC 2018 was a fantastic opportunity for Canada’s naval, land, and air forces to exercise a wide range of capabilities alongside our allies. Canada is a founding member of RIMPAC, and we have demonstrated once again this year that we are a strong, capable partner in the Pacific. As this exercise gets bigger and more nations participate, Canada will expand its knowledge and expertise while creating relationships that endure beyond the end of RIMPAC.”

– Rear-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie, Deputy Commander, RIMPAC 2018 Combined Task Force

Quick facts

  • RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime exercise. It provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.

  • The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was represented by Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Vancouver, Ottawa, Whitehorse, and Yellowknife, as well as the Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship, Motor Vessel (MV) Asterix. The ships participated in a wide scope of training scenarios such as anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction operations, mine sweeping and neutralization, command and control and communication operations, ship manoeuvering, standard naval drills, weapons firings, and sea combat. MV Asterix conducted 20 successful replenishments at sea.

  • RCN Clearance Divers were also a key component of RIMPAC 2018, conducting explosive ordnance disposal and salvage diving operations with divers from other nations.

  • Canadian Army soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, were part of the combined Marine Air-Ground Task Force in Southern California. They conducted numerous multinational training events, including complex live fire ranges, infantry immersion training, aviation drills, helocasting, and amphibious assault training.

  • The Royal Canadian Air Force deployed a CP-140 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. It conducted more than a dozen anti-submarine warfare missions, amassing over 100 hours of flying time. 

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