Images: RIMPAC 2012 [Image 2 of 23]
U.S. Marines Corps Lance Cpl. Bradley Washington, from Company E, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay fires a 155mm white phosphorous round from a M777 Lightweight howitzer July 21, 2012, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2012, at Pohakuloa Training Area, (PTA) Hawaii. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the worlds oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.