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    CTF 176 departs USS America to Observe Ground Operations [Image 2 of 6]

    CTF 176 departs USS America to Observe Ground Operations



    Photo by Kyle P Hafer 

    Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet     

    160717-N-JH668-067 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2016) – Royal New Zealand Navy Commodore James Gilmour, commander, Combined Task Force 176, receives a flight brief before departing amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) for the provisional training area in Hawaii to observe ground operations. America is underway conducting maritime exercises with partner nations for Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. 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 world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Hafer/Released)



    Date Taken: 07.17.2016
    Date Posted: 07.19.2016 23:20
    Photo ID: 2731029
    VIRIN: 160717-N-JH668-067
    Resolution: 3000x1995
    Size: 1.12 MB
    Location: PACIFIC OCEAN

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