917 FG supports RIMPAC

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 47th Fighter Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., are readied for a mission as part of the Rim of the Pacific military exercise July 17, 2012, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to 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. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Ted Daigle/Not Released)

PHOTO BY: Staff Sgt. Ted DaigleNot Released
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