Twenty-six nations, 40 ships and submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) currently underway in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. CGHE recently executed its Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement (FOGHE) course for military personnel during this month-long exercise as part of the Center’s training mission.
From 11-13 July, the FOGHE course brought together medical officers from the US, Australia, Canada, and China. It presented US perspectives on Global Health Engagement while allowing participants the opportunity to discuss their own country’s approaches and to exchange lessons learned from previous humanitarian assistance missions. The course concluded with a series of disaster scenarios prompting collaboration between participants to develop response options.
RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. It concludes on Thursday.