RIMPAC participants attend marine species awareness training

Service members attend a seminar on marine species awareness training at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during the 2018 RIMPAC exercise, July 2. Canadian Armed Forces photo by Sgt. Devin VandeSype

MC1 Jason Abrams

U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

Enlisted military members and officers from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of the Philippines and the United States participated in marine species awareness training during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 5.

Steve Loeffler, Anti-Submarine Warfare Environmental Compliance Team lead, facilitated the required training for RIMPAC participants to prepare for the sea phase of the exercise.

“It’s the first step the Navy has for lookout training, to familiarize themselves with what marine mammals are, why they’re important as part of our regulatory rules, and then how to identify what they’re looking at,” he said.

Points of emphasis for the training included awareness of the presence of various marine species, including whales, dolphins, seals and turtles, coral – and how the presence of these different species may impact portions of the RIMPAC exercise.

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