Vladivostok (Russia), June 13 (Xinhua-ANI): Russia's Pacific Fleet unit consisting of destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, tanker Boris Butoma and ocean-going salvage tug Fotiy Krylov, left Vladivostok on Wednesday for Hawaii to take part in the large-scale multinational naval exercise RIMPAC-2012.
Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC 2012), the world' s largest naval exercise, will be held from July 11 to August 2, 2012. It is the first time for Russia to attend the exercise on the invitation of the maneuvers' organizers.
This year, 45 ships from 22 countries, namely Russia, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, Britain and the United States, will take part in the naval exercise.
RIMPAC 2012 will provide training opportunities for participants to bolster and sustain critical cooperative relationship while ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security.
The forces will also conduct amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defence exercises in addition to counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations during the exercise.
RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd in the series exercise that began in 1971. The first RIMPAC exercise was held by warships of the United States, Canada, and Australia. (Xinhua-ANI)