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HONOLULU, HAWAII, Friday, 6 December 2019 -  The US 3rd Fleet hosted the Mid Planning Conference (MPC) for Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2020 (RIMPAC 2020)  at Ford Island Conference Centre at Ford Island, Hawaii from 3rd to 6th December 2019. The Mid-Planning Conference was chaired by Vice Admiral Scott D. Conn, Commander of the US 3rd Fleet and attended by delegations of the Royal Brunei Navy.

RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime exercise and provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants to foster and sustain cooperative relationships  and critical security on the world's oceans and ensuring the safety of sea lanes.

More than 500 personnel from 29 countries attended the MPC to coordinate and streamline preparations that will be executed in the upcoming RIMPAC 2020 scheduled in June 2020.

The topics for the various discussion briefs included Human Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) operation, Amphibious Landing, logistics support service requirement, Surface evolution including live firing and an evaluation of materiel requirements for the exercise.  The conference was the second to last event in the RIMPAC 2020 planning conference series prior to Final Planning Conference (FPC) in 24 – 27 March 2020.

Rear Admiral Ken Blackmon, Deputy Commander, US 3rd Fleet, concluded the conference with closing remarks. He emphasized three lines of effort: planning, relentless execution of operations, and aggressive risk management in order to enhance cooperation and interoperability amongst participant navies.