"RIMPAC [Rim of the Pacific] is a multinational, sea control/power projection fleet exercise that has been performed biennially for the last 30 years. The purpose of RIMPAC is to implement a selected set of exercises that is combined into a sea control/power projection fleet training exercise in a multi-threat environment. RIMPAC exercises also demonstrate the ability of a multinational force to communicate and operate in simulated hostile scenarios. RIMPAC 2002 will be the eighteenth in a series involving forces from Australia, Canada and the United States; the twelfth involving the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force; the seventh involving the Republic of Korea Navy; and the fourth involving the Chilean Navy. The United Kingdom, France and Peru have been accepted to participate in RIMPAC 2002. RIMPAC 2002 is scheduled to be conducted from 25 June to 23 July 2002. During initial planning meetings in July 2001, the Action proponent, Commander, THIRD Fleet, gathered input from possible participants to understand the various testing and training needs. Operations personnel developed a general scenario to accommodate testing and training needs. As a result of three planning conferences considering budget and time constraints, as well as safety and environmental considerations, a final scenario and set of exercises were developed."
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