USNS Mercy Sailors treat simulated injuries on a patient during RIMPAC 2018.
180711-N-NH199-0149.JPG Photo By: Seaman Harley Sarmiento

PACIFIC OCEAN - PACIFIC OCEAN (July 11, 2018) Sailors assigned to Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), treat a patient’s simulated head injuries before transferring the patient for further care during a search and rescue and chemical decontamination exercise in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), July 11. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships and five submarines, about 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity wile fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships between participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Harley K. Sarmiento)


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