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(July 20, 2016) - David McMahon and Sydnie Uemoto meet with service members from the Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 5 Air Squadron at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, during Rim of the Pacific 2016. McMahon and Uemoto were involved in a plane crash nine miles off the coast of the island of Kona, Hawaii and were rescued by a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew following an expansive multinational search by U.S. Navy, Royal New Zealand Air Force, U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard crews after a 20-hour search. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
160720-N-ON468-137.JPG Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - (July 20, 2016) - David McMahon and Sydnie Uemoto meet with service members from the Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 5 Air Squadron at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, during Rim of the Pacific 2016. McMahon and Uemoto were involved in a plane crash nine miles off the coast of the island of Kona, Hawaii and were rescued by a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew following an expansive multinational search by U.S. Navy, Royal New Zealand Air Force, U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard crews after a 20-hour search. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. 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 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.


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