August 4, 2022 – Ottawa, ON – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 concluded successfully today with over 800 Canadian sailors, aviators, and soldiers, having participated in this year’s iteration of the biennial exercise that took place in and around the Hawaiian Islands, from June 29 to August 4, 2022.
The Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution to RIMPAC 2022 included Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Vancouver and Winnipeg, two CP-140 Aurora aircraft, and two CH-148 Cyclone helicopters. Canada also occupied key leadership positions, including Deputy Command of Combined Task Force RIMPAC, Command of the Combined Force Air Component, and Deputy Command of the Combined Force Maritime Component Command.
This was the 28th iteration of RIMPAC, and Canada is one of only three nations to have participated in every one since 1971.
“This year, I had the privilege to serve as the second in command of the largest maritime exercise in the world, alongside Commander, U.S. Third Fleet. Once again, we maintained a long standing tradition of excellence as a capable and adaptive partner. We continue to serve alongside like-minded nations who value the rule of law, the freedom of the seas, and the rules-based international order.”
Rear-Admiral Christopher Robinson, Deputy Commander Combined Task Force RIMPAC
“Canada’s contributions to RIMPAC this year went beyond the tactical employment of our two CP-140 Auroras and embarked CH-148 Cyclone helicopters. Whether during strategic planning, or operational execution of the Combined Air Operations Centre weapons system, Canadians were well positioned to deliver air power effects during the world’s premier joint and combined maritime exercise.”
Brigadier-General Mark Goulden, Commander Combined Force Air Component Command
- The Canadian Armed Forces’ participation in Exercise RIMPAC provides unique training opportunities to our sailors, aviators, and soldiers; and increases the strength of our relationships with our allies and trusted partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
- The Canadian Armed Forces occupied key leadership positions with Rear-Admiral Christopher Robinson as the Deputy Commander Combined Task Force RIMPAC, Brigadier-General Mark Goulden as the Commander Combined Force Air Component Command, and Captain (Navy) Doug Layton as the Deputy Commander Combined Force Maritime Component Command.
- Internationally, 26 participating nations deployed 38 surface ships, 3 submarines, over 30 uncrewed systems, approximately 170 aircraft, and over 25,000 personnel to Exercise RIMPAC 2022.
- This year’s exercise included 26 participating nations from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Other nations sent observers, including Belgium, Fiji, Guatemala and Poland.