A Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Task Group, comprised of approximately 500 personnel on board HMC Ships Regina and Winnipeg, successfully completed Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020, concluding an intensive two-week program that entailed multinational anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction operations and live-fire training events.

From 17 to 31 August, sailors and aviators trained alongside navies from allied and trusted partner nations from the Asia Pacific region. Hosted biennially by the U.S. Navy’s Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, this year’s exercise was designed as an “at-sea only” event to address concerns around COVID-19.

In total, 22 surface ships, one submarine, multiple aircraft and approximately 5,300 personnel from Australia, Brunei, Canada, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States participated in RIMPAC 2020.

Typically the world’s largest maritime exercise, Canada, along with Australia and the United States, has participated in every rendition of the 27 RIMPACs since their inception in 1971.

Canada is a maritime nation with strong ties to the Asia-Pacific. Our security and prosperity depend increasingly on our partnerships in the region. The RCN’s regular participation in RIMPAC supports military diplomacy that, in turn, fosters trust and cooperation amongst allies and partners. At the same time, our continuing presence in the Pacific demonstrates our national commitment to promoting peace and security throughout the world.

“I am very proud how our naval personnel represented the Canadian Armed Forces during this year’s modified version of RIMPAC. Canadian security and prosperity rely increasingly on our relations in the Asia-Pacific: our longstanding participation in RIMPAC highlights our ongoing commitment to working with allies and trusted partners to foster peace and stability in the region.” – Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

“RIMPAC 2020 was a great success. We gained invaluable training experience, improved our ability to operate in a coalition environment, proved key combat capabilities and fostered trust amongst allies and partner navies while ensuring the health and wellbeing of our sailors and aviators.” – Captain(N) Scott Robinson, Task Group Commander