PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (DWDD) – The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2018 formally began at Pier S-1A on June 29 2018 in a press conference led by the Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, Admiral (Adm.) John C. Aquilino, and the Commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. John D. Alexander.
Present in the event were all the component commanders and senior representatives of participating nations including our Philippine Navy contingent represented by the Commander of Naval Task Force 86, Capt. Ernesto O. Baldovino, along with Commanding Officer (CO) of BRP Davao Del Sur, Capt. Richard David, and CO of BRP Andres Bonifacio, Cdr. Jerry Garrido.
RIMPAC 2018 will run until Aug. 2, 2018. It is led by the United States Pacific Fleet through the Combined Task Force Commander, Vice Adm. Alexander. It is considered as the premiere and world’s largest naval drills currently participated by 25 nations including the Philippines, more than 45 ships and submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 plus personnel. NPAO / MCAG