Canada announces plan for this year’s military drill on Pacific Rim

by The Daily Lede

Canada announces plan for this year’s military drill on Pacific Rim

OTTAWA, May 12 (Xinhua) — More than 1,000 Canadian military officers will participate in the military drill associated with the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest exercise of the kind, from June 26 to Aug.1, according to a news press issued by the Department of National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces Monday.

 The military equipment Canada will send for the drill included four ships, 13 aircraft including eight CF-18 Hornets, one CC-130 Hercules, said the department.

 RIMPAC 2014 will be the 24th exercise of its kind and Canada has attended every iteration since RIMPAC was launched in 1971, according to the department.

 Altogether 23 countries will attend this year’s military drill on the Rim of the Pacific, including Australia, Canada, France, Britain and United States, China and Brunei, with support of 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, as well as participation of 25,000 personnel.

 It is the first time for China and Brunei to participate in the exercise.

 RIMPAC is a biennial exercise that aims to foster multinational cooperation and trust, enhance interoperability, enable professional engagement and achieve national objectives, with the collective purpose of building capable and adaptive partnerships. This year’s RIMPAC will also feature a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief event that will help train expeditionary forces to respond to foreign disasters.