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‘OPAE’ULA, Hawaii — A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, assigned to 25th Infantry Division, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, prepares to lift off from a mountain clearing on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu while transporting multinational special operations forces for an airborne insertion during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 19. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, and about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worldÕs largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cory Asato)

‘OPAE’ULA, Hawaii — A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, assigned to 25th Infantry Division, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, prepares to lift off from a mountain clearing on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu while transporting multinational special operations forces for an airborne insertion during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 19. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, and about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The worldÕs largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the worldÕs oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cory Asato)

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180719-N-OO032-1090

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