‘A Hui Hou’ RIMPAC

Vice Adm. John D. Alexander
Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet

Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 people came from all over the Pacific region to conduct the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

There were a lot of “firsts” this time around. We’ve had an innovation fair, which was a first. We also had Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam as first-time participants. It’s (also) the first time for Malaysia and Philippines to bring ships (to RIMPAC).

The Hawaiian operational area is really worldwide known: Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, K-Bay, Hickam Airfield, Wheeler Army Airfield – we have aircraft at all of those right now – and the Pacific Missile Range Facility up north at Kauai really is the best instrumented range we have right now.

RIMPAC is all about prosperity.

United States is a maritime nation, our allies, partners and friends are maritime nations, and 90 percent of the trade goes by sea.

To build peace and stability in the region, we work with our partners in RIMPAC so we can further that prosperity.

I want to thank the people of Hawaii for having us here. The state of Hawaii (and) the people of the islands have opened their doors to us and continue to welcome us.

We have a great partnership with the state of Hawaii and RIMPAC and we want to continue that.

Thank you very much.

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