RIMPAC is held biennially in Honolulu, Hawaii, and hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet. During this year’s exercise, USS Freedom will operate in the area with air, land and maritime forces from 13 other nations.
“RIMPAC is a tremendous opportunity to build upon and to refine Freedom’s known surface warfare and maritime security capabilities and to break new ground in LCS employment,” said Cmdr. Kris Doyle, commanding officer of Freedom’s Blue Crew, in a recent Navy press release. “We have several ‘first-of’ events scheduled, ranging from air defense to anti-submarine to fire support exercises. Every day, we will be stretching ourselves to learn more about what LCS brings to the fleet and how we integrate in a multinational environment.”