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International Salute

July 12, 2012

PEARL HARBOR (July 11, 2012) A Mexican Marine salutes the USS Arizona memorial as the Mexican ship ARM Usumacinta (A412) leaves port in preparation for RIMPAC 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from Jun. 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 1st Class Paul Seeber/Released)

PEARL HARBOR (July 11, 2012) Soldiers and Sailors from multiple countries (Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Tonga and the U.S.) get in position to man the rails as amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) gets underway for exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. (Canadian Forces photo by MCpl Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera)

PEARL HARBOR (July 11, 2012) To honour the USS Arizona memorial (background), Private Bryan Irwin, a soldier from the Non-combatant Evacuation Operation company of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry from Shilo, Manitoba, stands at attention on the flight deck aboard amphibious assault ship USS Essex as the ship gets underway for exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Canadian Forces photo by : MCpl Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera. RELEASED

Canadian Forces photo by : MCpl Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera. RELEASED

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