Midshipman 2nd Class Joseph Holden, a 2014 Delaware Military Academy graduate and Middletown native, is serving in the U.S. Navy and participating the international Rim of the Pacific Exercise.

Midshipman 2nd Class Joseph Holden, a 2014 Delaware Military Academy graduate and Middletown native, is serving in the U.S. Navy and participating the international Rim of the Pacific Exercise.

Holden is serving aboard USS William P. Lawrence, currently operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. The theme this year is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.”

The participating nations and forces will exercise disaster relief, maritime security operations, sea control and complex warfighting. The program will include amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.

The Department of the Navy's Great Green Fleet yearlong initiative will also play a major role in RIMPAC. The initiative highlights global operations using energy conservation measures and alternative fuel blends to demonstrate how optimizing energy use increases resiliency and operational readiness. During RIMPAC, participating units will operate using an approved alternate-fuel blend.

Twenty-six nations, 45 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate. This year's exercise will include forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People's Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the U.K. and the U.S.

Additional information about Rim of the Pacific Exercise is available at cpf.navy.mil/rimpac.