Full weekend ahead for RIMPAC sporting events

Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Edwin Rodriguez of USS Essex (LHD 2) tries to keep the ball away from a defender in a previous RIMPAC soccer matchup.

Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Edwin Rodriguez of USS Essex (LHD 2) tries to keep the ball away from a defender in a previous RIMPAC soccer matchup.

Story and photos by Randy Dela Cruz

Sports Editor, Ho‘okele

As the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) is about as intense as it gets when it comes down to coordinating and synchronizing countries from all over the world preparing for joint combat readiness.

This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

RIMPAC will also feature a full schedule of sporting events and competitions that offers rest and recreation for the weary.

Already in full swing, RIMPAC has something for everyone to see with a softball tournament at Millican Field, soccer at Ward Field, indoor volleyball at Naval Station Gym, basketball at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center, singles and doubles tennis at Wentworth Tennis Courts, with sand volleyball at Wentworth Courts to begin on July 5.

Lt. j.g. Brad Harden cracks a grand slam in RIMPAC 2014.

Lt. j.g. Brad Harden cracks a grand slam in RIMPAC 2014.


Competition for most of the tournaments will be held throughout the Fourth of July weekend with championship games on July 2 for tennis singles at 11 a.m., July 3 for softball at 3 p.m., indoor volleyball at 3 p.m. and basketball at 1:30 p.m.

More championship finals will be held on July 4 for tennis doubles at 11 a.m., July 5 for soccer at 11 a.m. and on July 6 for sand volleyball at 4 p.m.

In softball, the tournament includes 32 teams with USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) representing JBPHH.

However, the largest representation of countries is in the international game of soccer, with this year’s RIMPAC soccer tournament holding slots for 42 teams.

Basketball is also a popular activity this year, as 38 teams will vie for the RIMPAC hoops title.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) then-Seaman Apprentice Garry McKnight goes up for two points in a previous RIMPAC basketball game versus USS Lake Erie (GC 70).

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) then-Seaman Apprentice Garry McKnight goes up for two points in a previous RIMPAC basketball game versus USS Lake Erie (GC 70).


Each RIMPAC, the theme of sports seems to be sportsmanship, camaraderie and good will.

Back in 2014, many players said that while the competition was tough, everyone was in awe to participate against so many countries in one place.

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Ryan McConnell, who played for USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Combat Systems during the last RIMPAC in 2014 said what most felt about the various tournaments.

“It’s been a blast,” he said. “Seeing all the other navies come in, play against each other, it’s pretty awesome.”

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