Lake Tahoe South Shore native participates in RIMPAC
South Lake Tahoe native and petty officer second class Jacob Ward is approaching his 11th anniversary with the U.S. Navy. He’s also currently participating in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), the world’s largest multinational maritime warfare exercise. Held from June 30 to Aug. 4, RIMPAC is every two years and takes place in the Hawaiian Islands.
“He says it’s interesting — they get to talk to other military personnel from other countries. It’s very different from other deployments he’s been on because normally you’re not talking to other people,” Deb Ward, Jacob’s mother, said.
Twenty-six nations, 45 surface ships, five submarines, and over 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the 25th RIMPAC. The biennial training includes exercises that promote relationships critical in ensuring safety and security on oceans. According to Deb, who has limited contact with her son during this time, RIMPAC essentially consists of war games with other countries.
“The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting,” according to a Navy community outreach.
“The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordinance disposal, and diving and salvage operations,” stated the outreach.
This is the first year of RIMPAC participation for Jacob, who graduated from South Tahoe High in 2005 and began U.S. Navy boot camp three months later.
“He’s wanted to do this since he was a little kid,” Deb added.
Jacob is currently attached to the USS Shoup in Pearl Harbor. When RIMPAC ends, the USS Shoup will return to Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California. As an aviation electronics technician, Jacob works on electronics associated with aircrafts.
Prior to his time aboard the USS Shoup, Jacob was attached to the USS Lincoln in 2008 for a 10-month deployment in Singapore, Thailand and Dubai. In 2010 he served as an individual augmentee with the U.S. Army for 10 months in Afghanistan.
“His 4-year-old daughter thinks Daddy being in the Navy is great,” Deb said.
For more information on RIMPAC, visit http://www.cpf.navy.mil/rimpac.
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