July 13, 2016 - U.S. Marines, Australian Army soldiers and Indonesian Marines conduct a company-size helicopter-borne raid into Kahukus Training Area from USS America. Company G, 2nd Battalion, 3d Marines are taking part in Exercise Rim of the Pacific 16 (RIMPAC 16). The battalion is a ground combat element for a III MEF Marine Air-Ground Task Force embarked aboard USS San Diego and USS America during an exercise that increases naval integration.
RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands and southern California ... and provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.
This year's RIMPAC exercise is the 25th in the series that began in 1971. Twenty-six nations, 45 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate. This year's exercise includes units or personnel from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People's Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.
U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Antonio Campbell and Cpl. René Lucero Video edited by USA Patriotism!