Director-Producer Charles Brown
Associate Producer - Cinematography Jacek Szymanski
Editor James Hall
Camera David Malysheff, Jacek Szymanski, Cpl. Kurt Visser Canadian Combat Camera
Special thanks to the RIMPAC 2012 Public Affairs Team, the US Combat Camera Team, the crews of USS Nimitz and all the ships which participated in the exercise.
1,400 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and airmen and airwomen participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 combined and joint exercise taking place near the Hawaiian Islands from June 29 to August 3. Scheduled and coordinated by the U.S. Navy Third Fleet, RIMPAC also offers Canada the senior members of the Canadian Forces the opportunity to assume positions of leadership, further enhancing Canada’s ability to work with other nations of the Asia-Pacific region. RIMPAC 2012 involves forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, designed to prepare military forces to work together in missions ranging from providing humanitarian aide to full combat operations. RIMPAC began as an annual exercise in 1971 and since 1974 has been scheduled every other year. The endurance of exercise demonstrates the value of bringing international forces together to train and improve their ability to operate in a joint and combined multi-national force environment. Canada, along with only Australia and the United States, has participated in RIMPAC since its inception.
Twenty-two nations, more then 40 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in PHOTOEX during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise around the Hawaiian Islands.
RIMPAC 2012 involves forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Chief of Defence Staff General Walt Natynczyk (CDS) and Chief of Maritime Staff (CMS) Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison on board of HMCS Victoria.
HMCS Victoria transits in vicinity of Esquimalt during a sea training trials and exercises on February 20, 2012.
Victoria is at sea and conducting dives as part of her operational cycle and Dived Safety phase of her Tiered Readiness Program. Victoria will be authorized to fire torpedoes, her crew certified and declared fully operational in 2012.
Canada's submarine fleet is scheduled to achieve full operational capability in 2013; at which point Canada will have three of four submarines available for operations, including a high readiness submarine available in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.