The biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise starts tomorrow and will be the most massive ever.
I heard about the massive 27 nation naval exercise and searched military headlines revealing these:
Australian deployments to ramp up for U.S. Navy, Marines
U.S. boosts presence in the South Pacific region.
HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy says 27 nations will participate in the world’s largest maritime exercises in coming weeks.
This is an all-time high for the Rim of the Pacific exercises, which date to 1971. The drills are held every two years.
The Navy’s 3rd Fleet will host the exercises in and around Hawaii and Southern California for five weeks beginning June 30. The exercises will feature 45 ships, five submarines and more than 200 aircraft. More than 25,000 personnel will participate.
Brazil, Denmark, Germany and Italy are joining for the first time. China is sending ships to participate for the second time this year.
A Canadian admiral will serve as deputy commander and a Japanese admiral will be vice commander.
A recent report from Europe:
German and Polish Navy chiefs have set up a joint “Submarine Operating Authority” bringing the two countries’ navies closer together and transcending traditional strategic reservations often linked to submarine missions.
As the agreement outlines, the newly set up ‘task group’ will be part of the German “Maritime Operations Centre” (MOC) and will control both German and Polish Navy submarines. Command over submarines, however, will still be retained by the respective countries.
Through the SubOpAuth, as the task group name is abbreviated to, two Polish Navy officers will be permanently stationed in the German MOC which is located in Glücksburg, Germany. One of the greatest benefits the Polish Navy will have from this cooperation is that it will be able to connect its submarines to the German guidance systems i.e. the ‘Submarine Broadcast Control Authority’.
“It really is a special move to transfer control of such an important national, strategic asset to mutual hands,” Rear Admiral Andreas Krause, Inspector of the German Navy, explained.
The latest cooperation agreement goes back to 1999 when the two countries signed documents for basic military cooperation which has since been broadened on a number of occasions. The most recent agreement was signed May 27, 2013 when the two ministries of defense broadened their maritime collaboration.
While at a different technical footing, German and Polish submarine fleets are similar in size. The German Navy operates six Type 212A air-independent propulsion (AIP) submarines while the Polish Navy has five submarines – one from the former Soviet Kilo-class and four ex-Norwegian submarines. The ‘Koben’-class submarines that were operated by the Norwegian Navy were originally built at the German shipyard Nordseewerken in the 1960’s and transferred to Poland in 2002 and 2003.
Title: Massive Military Exercise Begins Tomorrow
Video posted 29 Jun 2016