PEARL HARBOR – A 2015 Enrico Fermi High School graduate and native of Enfield, Connecticut, is serving in the US Navy as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Tuan Lai is a Navy nuclear machinist’s mate aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, a US Navy aircraft carrier operating out of San Diego, California.

A Navy nuclear machinist is responsible for operating and maintaining the nuclear propulsion machinery of mate ships.

Aircraft carriers provide unique capabilities and survivability. Navy officials say they are a powerful demonstration of the US Navy’s legacy of innovation, technological evolution and maritime dominance.

Since USS Langley’s commissioning 100 years ago, the nation’s aircraft carriers and carrier air wings like the USS Abraham Lincoln have provided projectile power, sustained sea control, strengthened deterrence, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and sustained commitments around the world.

“The aircraft carrier is the centerpiece of our U.S. Navy, our flagship and a constant reminder to the rest of the world of our enduring maritime presence and influence,” said Rear Adm. James P. said Downey, USN, program executive officer (PEO) aircraft. carrier. “These ships touch every part of our naval operations to project power, ensure sea control and deter our adversaries.”

Today, Ly uses the same skills and values ​​he learned at Enfield.

“I learned a lot about being independent and self-taught, so being in the Navy and contributing to the team wasn’t a big transition for me,” Lee said.

As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants cultivate and maintain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

The theme of RIMPAC 2022 is Enable, Adapt, Partner. Participating nations and militaries have deployed a variety of capabilities and demonstrated the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. Relevant, realistic training programs include artillery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious, piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and rescue operations.

“I want to see what all the participating countries are capable of and want to compete with other ships in war games,” Lee said.

Serving in the Navy means Ly is part of a team focused on rebuilding America’s military readiness, strengthening alliances and improving business practices in support of national defense policy.

“The Navy goes overseas and around the world and it shows the world what America is capable of,” Lee said.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and Internet traffic carried over fiber optic cables on the seabed, Navy officials are emphasizing that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked. Attached to a strong and ready navy.

Chief of Naval Operations Adv. According to Mike Gilde, the four priorities will focus on sailors, readiness, capabilities and capabilities.

“For 245 years, in both calm and rough, our Navy has stood guard to protect the homeland, preserve the freedom of the seas and protect our way of life,” Gilde said. “The decisions and investments we make this decade will determine the balance of maritime power for the rest of this century. We cannot accept anything less than success. “

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Hosted by Commander, US Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2022 will be led by Commander, US 3rd Fleet, who will serve as the Combined Task Force (CTF) commander. Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Christopher Robinson is deputy commander of the CTF, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Toshiyuki Hirata will serve as vice commander and lead the Fleet Marine Force as US Marine Corps Brig. General Joseph Clearfield. Other key leaders of the multinational force will include Commodore Paul O’Grady of the Royal Australian Navy, who will lead the maritime component, and Brig. General Mark Golden of the Royal Canadian Air Force, who will lead the air component.

“The thing I’m most proud of so far is being able to support my family and have a good life,” Lee said.

During RIMPAC, a network of capable, adaptive partners train and work together to strengthen their collective strengths and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. RIMPAC 2022 contributes to the increased interoperability, flexibility and agility required by joint and combined forces to deter and defeat aggression by major powers across all domains and levels of conflict.

As members of the U.S. Navy, Lye and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will continue to serve the Navy’s nation’s needs beyond their lifetimes.

“Serving in the Navy means I’ve been able to learn about responsibility and I think it’s made me a better citizen when I get out,” Lai added.

Additional information about RIMPAC is available at http://www.cpf.navy.mil

This story was shared by the Navy Office of Community Outreach.