US 3rd Fleet hosts first RIMPAC Innovation Fair

Republic of Indonesia Navy landing dock ship KRI Makassar (590) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam June 26 in preparation for the 2018 Rim of the Pacific exercise. U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Justin R. Pacheco

Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

The U.S. 3rd Fleet is hosting the inaugural Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Innovation Fair at Club Pearl on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam through July 1.

The fair will comprise 22 exhibitors from five countries that will discuss and demonstrate maritime capabilities and technology.

The purpose of the fair is to provide partner nations an opportunity to share with and learn from each other in an unclassified environment, while allowing them to see emerging technologies they could one day use.

“We hope this fair will give all the RIMPAC participants an opportunity to interact with the innovation community,” said Capt. Chris Sund, U.S. Navy assistant chief of staff, requirements, experimentation and innovation.

“Having the military members from around the world here to test and see new technologies will hopefully inspire them to think about ways they can contribute to their own missions and units.”

Governmental entities and government-sponsored academic researchers will display, demonstrate and explain capabilities and technologies in the areas of unmanned systems, robotics, data and information exchange, virtual reality, augmented reality and medical technology.

Over the years, experimentation and innovation have become increasingly central to the RIMPAC mission.

In 2016, experimentation was named a pillar of the exercise, and at-sea experiments were integrated into the official schedule of events.

The fair will continue on Saturday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, July 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise and provides a unique training opportunity design to foster and sustain cooperative relationship that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. “Capable, Adaptive, Partners” is the theme of RIMPAC 2018, which is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

Details of RIMPAC activities and imagery are available at http://www.cpf.navy.mil/rimpac.

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