A Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Task Group, comprised of approximately 500 personnel aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Regina and Winnipeg, successfully completed Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020 on August 31.
The exercise was an intensive two-week program that included multinational anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction operations and live-fire training events. The two Cyclones and their crews performed exceptionally well throughout the exercise, the first occasion for the Royal Canadian Air Force to deploy these helicopters in the biannual exercise.
From the 17th to the 31st of August, sailors and aviators trained alongside navies from allied and trusted partner nations from the Asia Pacific region. Hosted biennially by the U.S. Navy’s Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, this year’s exercise was designed as an “at-sea only” event to address concerns around COVID.
During this year’s exercise, the RCN took several steps to mitigate the risk to the naval team, both in sea-going and shore-based units. These measures included increased cleaning routines on board ships and personal hygiene for our ship’s companies.
“I am very proud of how our naval personnel represented the Canadian Armed Forces during this year’s modified version of RIMPAC,” said Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander RCN.