The Government of Canada is getting ready to participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 combined and joint exercise taking place near the Hawaiian Islands from June 29 to August 3. RIMPAC is the world’s largest multi-national exercise and is designed to prepare military forces from Pacific Rim nations to work together in missions ranging from providing humanitarian aid to full-combat operations.
exactEarth will be contributing exactAIS into the space-based Maritime Domain Awareness picture with a feed to the central command (Hawaii) as part of the Canadian Force's contribution to the exercise. The Canadian Forces will also be providing over 100 personnel to joint positions ranging from the leadership level to logistical support within the RIMPAC 2012 exercise.
RIMPAC began as an annual exercise in 1971, and since 1974 has been scheduled every second year. Canada has participated in every exercise since its inception. This year's exercise will involve more than 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, as well as 25,000 personnel from 22 participating nations.
Satellite AIS is of great use as part of this operational exercise as it contributes to space based Maritime Domain Awareness. The unclassified data source assists greatly in completing an accurate and comprehensive recognized maritime picture that supports maritime security operations.