U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett completed its participation in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 exercise with several Coast Guard firsts.

“RIMPAC 2022 featured the exercise’s first mass rescue operation, the first time a Coast Guard Cutter led a combined task force, the first time a Coast Guard Cutter embarked a U.S. Navy MH-60R Seahawk, and the first modern Coast Guard participation in anti-submarine warfare exercises,” a DOD article stated.

RIMPAC 2022 is scheduled to end today. The exercise in and around Hawaii and Southern California has featured 26 nations, 38 ships, three submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.

“It was an honor to represent the U.S. Coast Guard and work alongside and build mutual trust with capable and adaptive partners during RIMPAC 2022,” said Midgett’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Willie Carmichael. “Leading a combined task force and supporting the humanitarian and disaster relief mass rescue operation showcased the relevance of U.S. Coast Guard’s capabilities and interoperability with our partner naval services.”

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Aleksand