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Polynesian Encounter for RIMPAC Participants

July 8, 2012

PEARL HARBOR (July 6, 2012) Members of the Maori Cultural Group from Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Te Kaha (F77) and HMNZS Endeavor (A11) perform a Haka, a traditional New Zealand war dance during a reception held on board Te Kaha. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. 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 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Phillip Pavlovich/Released)

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