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    PEARL HARBOR (July 2, 2012) Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, accompanied by senior officers of nations participating in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), addresses the media during a press conference announcing the start of RIMPAC. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise until 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. (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force photo by Photographer PO1 Takahiro Ito)

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