Rare to see +40 warships sailing together.1st,some navies have little more (if not less) than 40 serviceable ships.2nd,though it would not be that easy to come too close to formation (considered flagship US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier),*could be* huge target for air,naval & underwater assets involved in maritime attack/anti-ship missions.Taken during RIMPAC 2014,24th in series of world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise taking place in Pacific Jun.26-Aug. 1.
SAN DIEGO (June 16, 2014) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) transits San Diego Bay as it departs for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-three nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1. RIMPAC will take place in and around the Hawaiian Islands and San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Huey D. Younger Jr.)
French Marine Nationale BPC Mistral & FLF La Fayette depart Brest for Mission Jeanne d’Arc 2014, a regular training & patrol exercise. BPC Mistral is lead ship for it's named class of amphibious assault ships/helicopter carriers.DCN Lorient shipyard built & put into service in 1996 frigate La Fayette also lead of class of 5 warships,called title " stealth frigates "with emphasis on reducing radar & acoustic signatures.
U.S. hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) departs Pearl Harbor for their at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles E. White/Released)
Belgian Navy Tripartite Mine Hunter (CMT) M917 Crocus,with crew of 45,left Monday 10 May 2014, its home port of Zeebrugge for the Baltic Sea. It will participate along with another Belgian mine hunter in international Exercise Open Spirit.Held annually since 1995 in Baltic,to help clear munitions dumped during 2 world wars, by NATO & associated nations.
PEARL HARBOR (June 25, 2014) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) passes hospital point as the ship arrives in Hawaii for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a multinational maritime exercise hosted by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world’s oceans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tim D. Godbee/Released)
26 August 2013.This exercise between Crete & Cyprus intended to train crews to share expertise. Based on realistic scenario, French Aconite frigates USS Gravely & USS Barry (Arleigh Burke-type frigates) coordinated to gather information on surface threat & implement appropriate response. Allied visit also made to get closer to understanding the threat. Team led boat raid on board vessel identified as suspicious & launched investigation & search for evidence.
Littoral Combat Ship. The future is here.
French Marine Nationale lead ship of it's named class of 5 "stealth" frigates La Fayette (F 710).