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Governor General to Visit Canadian Forces during RIMPAC 2012

July 18, 2012 

Governor General to Visit Canadian Forces Members
Participating in the
Rim of the Pacific Exercise

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will join General Walt Natynczkyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, in visiting Canadian Forces members operating in Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 joint and combined multinational force exercise from July 19 to 22, 2012.

“The RIMPAC exercise in the Pacific is an excellent training opportunity for more than 1,400 of Canada’s sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen working together in the world’s largest multinational exercise,” said the Governor General. “I am very proud to witness this exercise first-hand, especially this year, as three Canadian Forces military officers are occupying senior leading roles during RIMPAC. This exercise is designed to prepare our military—as well as other forces from Pacific Rim nations—participating in missions that range from humanitarian aid to full-combat operation.”

RIMPAC began as an annual exercise in 1971, and since 1974 has been scheduled every second year. Canada has participated in every exercise since its inception. This year’s exercise, being held over a six-week period from June 29 to August 3, involves more than 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, as well as 25 000 personnel from 22 participating nations.

Below is His Excellency’s detailed itinerary during RIMPAC, Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time:

Thursday, July 19

6:55 p.m.
Official Arrival at RIMPAC
His Excellency will arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam, where he will be welcomed by Rear-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Deputy Commander Combined Task Force, and Brigadier-General Michael Hood, Combined Forces Air Component Commander.
PHOTO OP

Friday, July 20

9:45 a.m.        
Visit to the Combined Air Operations Centre and Meeting with Air Force Personnel
His Excellency, joined by Brigadier-General Hood, will tour the Combined Air Operations Centre and deployed Air Force units, as well as meet with Air Force personnel.
CLOSED TO MEDIA 

1:15 p.m.        
Arrival at Ford Island

Upon his arrival, His Excellency will be welcomed by Rear-Admiral Ron Lloyd and Captain(N) Angus Topshee.
PHOTO OP

1:50 p.m.                    
Visit to the Pacific Warfare Centre 
His Excellency will tour the Pacific Warfare Centre escorted by Captain(N) Topshee.
CLOSED TO MEDIA 

2 p.m. 
Visit to the Combined Information Bureau
His Excellency will visit the Combined Information Bureau, escorted by Lieutenant-Commander Nathalie Garcia, Senior Public Affairs Officer of Maritime Forces Pacific.
PHOTO OP – Outside only. Media are invited to participate in the tour. 

2:45 p.m.        
Visit to Joint Task Force Support Cell
His Excellency will tour the Joint Task Force Support Cell, escorted by Lieutenant-Colonel Julia Atherley, Commanding Officer, Joint Task Force Support Centre.
PHOTO OP – Upon His Excellency’s arrival and departure. Media are invited to participate in the tour.

Saturday, July 21

View a Platoon Live-Fire Exercise and Overnight Aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa

The Governor General, accompanied by the Chief of the Defence Staff, will proceed to Bradshaw Army Airfield to view a Platoon Live-Fire exercise with Canadian and New Zealand land forces. Later in the day, he will meet with Rear-Admiral Peter Ellis, Commander Combined Task Force 176, an amphibious task group led by USS Essex, followed by a visit and an overnight on board HMCS Ottawa. 

Sunday, July 22 

Meet with HMCS Ottawa Sailors and Presentation of a Meritorious Service Decoration
His Excellency will have the opportunity to meet and talk with sailors during breakfast on board HMCS Ottawa. He will also be presenting the Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) to Chief Petty Officer 1st Class David Sydney Tobias.

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class David Sydney Tobias, M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Tobias’ professionalism, technical expertise and leadership were instrumental in developing the Tactical Data Link Common Operating Picture for Operation Podium, the Canadian Forces’ contribution to supporting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver. From 2008 to 2010, he successfully integrated Canadian and American platform data links to produce the common operating picture for both Joint Task Force Games and the Canadian NORAD Region. This framework greatly helped to facilitate information transfer and improved communications throughout this important operation.

Please note that the information in this citation reflects the rank of the recipient at the time of the event for which he is being recognized.

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Media can download imagery of the Governor General’s visit at
http://media-gg-ca.smugmug.com and at http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/site/01/RIMPAC12/index-eng.asp. 

Media information:

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-9166
613-852-3248 (cell.)
marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca

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