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"The reason that we do it is to make sure that there's stability throughout the Pacific Rim," said Chief Petty Officer Terry Rhedin, a Navy spokesperson in San Diego.
Russia plans to hold large-scale naval maneuvers in the Sea of Japan in June. The Moskva missile cruiser, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, has arrived at a naval base near Vladivostok to join two other flagships - the Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered cruiser of the Northern Fleet and the Varyag missile cruiser of the Pacific Fleet.
Hosted by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC demonstrates a commitment to working with global partners in guarding the sea lanes of commerce and communication, protecting national interests abroad and ensuring freedom of navigation as a basis for global peace and prosperity. By design, RIMPAC is a multi-national exercise that prepares forces to be interoperable and ready for a wide range of potential operations. This, in turn, helps ensure stability throughout the Pacific Rim, aiding the
development and prosperity of all participating nations. As an exercise, RIMPAC is intended to increase the tactical proficiency of participating
units in a wide array of maritime operations by enhancing military-to-military relations and interoperability. During the exercise, participating units will conduct gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air defense exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations, and an amphibious landing.
This year’s exercise includes units or personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.