EXERCISE RIMPAC 2008 LESSONS LEARNED AND 2010 ACTION PLAN
NO SUBJECT COMMENTS STATUS
Access to Allied publications. During a CASEX, some units did not know the NATO RIMPAC Coordinator is investigating what Allied (APP)
codewords being used and were using incorrect reporting and Multi-national (MPP) Publications the RIMPAC 2010
procedures (voice reports). participants are authorised to be issued and hold. Once
known, the RIMPAC 2010 participants will be requested
1 to confirm what APP and MPP publications they hold and
action will be taken to have any deficiencies rectified.
Voice circuits remain primary Some participants noted a reliance on chat and not voice This issue will be resolved through the education of
warfighting comms circuit. circuits during close tactical action. participants during working groups, planning conferences
2 and table top events.
Use of operational CVN/CVW. It was recommended that the CVN/CVW for RIMPAC exercises C3F Schedulers are investigating the feasibility of this
be the forward deployed/operational carrier (C7F). The forward option.
deployed CVN/CVW would be relieved by a CONUS based
CVN/CVW for the period of RIMPAC. This concept would allow
3 the operationally trained CVN/CVW to conduct a high end
combined maritime exercise for which it is trained for and a
CONUS based CVN/CVW to gain the experience/exposure of
operating in an operational area.
Operational Pause - keep it or Some CTFs stated that the Operational Pause was a great idea The aim of the Operational Pause was not to achieve
remove it? and should remain. Their reason for it remaining in the program training that had been cancelled due to unforeseen
was that it allowed their respective TF to complete reasons/circumstances. The Op Pause was a lesson
serials/events that were cancelled due to weather etc. learned from RIMPAC 2006, with the aim being to provide
a period to conduct maintenace and prepare
4 ships/personnel in preparation for the tactical phase. The
Op Pause will remain, but will occur in conjunction with
the PHOTEX and tactical phase re-position (lower tempo
PHOTEX - keep ir or remove it? Questions were raised about the feasibility of the PHOTEX The PHOTEX will remain for RIMPAC 2010 as the photo
noting the amount of time that goes into the planning and for is one of the primary Public Affairs tools used by
what outcome (especially if the photo quality is poor). participating nations. The PHOTEX will be assigned to
CTF 170 to plan and execute (with C3F approval). The
5 photographers will meet with C3F staff prior to the
PHOTEX to ensure they are aware of the requirements
for the picture.
Tactical phase should be focused Airspace and waterspace issues IVO Oahu prevented the full This will be incorporated into the planning of the tactical
6 on or around Kauai. training benefits of the tactical phase being achieved . phase at the IPC and MPC.
Pre-Exs Participants reported that insufficient guidance was provided on Clear guidance will be issued at the IPC, MPC and FPC
Pre-Exs - what serials required a Pre-Ex, when were they to be on Pre-Ex requirements and a session will be held during
7 released, what detail was required in them. the Harbour Phase (early in the week) to re-brief these
details to all participating units.
Rider Exchange Programs. It was recommended that during ASW events, personnel This will be achieved at the ASW Table Top during the
transfers should occur between platforms so that surface ship, Harbor Phase.
MPA, helicopter and submarine personnel could impart their
knowledge and expertise to enhance the ASW training
Operational Planning Exercise. Participants requested that the Operational Planning Exercise TTGP have agreed to conduct the planning exercise
(run by TTGP) be conducted in RIMPAC 2010. They stated the again - tentatively inserted into RIMPAC 2010 program.
exercise was very beneficial.
Continue CPF Observer Program. CPF Observer program viewed as a key event in achieving the Included in RIMPAC 2010 program. CPF have
10 RIMPAC objective. commenced process to determine 2010 observer nations.
Matrix of participants systems, A matrix detaling this information is required to assist the A matrix will be developed and maintained by the
sensors and capabilties and planning process. RIMPAC Coordinator. Input will be requested in the
limitations. IPC/MPC invitation message.
SOE change approvals. Participating units and MOC personnel were unsure who could The FIT phase in RIMPAC 2010 will be managed by
approve SOE changes. CECG and they will be the only personnel that will have
approval to make SOE changes.
COMSUBOPFOR and TASWC In the RIMPAC C2 structure, CTF 174 is TASWC and CTG RIMPAC 2010 C2 Structure has been amended so that
are in the same RIMPAC Task 174.1 is COMSUBOPFOR and SUBOPAUTH. Because both COMSUBOPFOR/SUBOPAUTH has been removed from
Force. organisations are part of the one CTF, they receive message CTF 174 and now resides in CTF 178 (CECG) with the
traffic sent to and from one another. This reduced the realism of surface and air OPFOR units. The OPORD will clearly
13 the exercise for the TASWC and caused some confusion to the state which commander is responsible for TASW and
RIMPAC participants. The C2 structure also led participants to which is responsible for safety, WSM, PMI etc.
believe that the TASWC was responsible for submarine
More realistic TASW enivornment Insufficient assets and exercise construct limited the training RIMPAC 2010 Program has been developed to include a
and lack of MPA in contact time. benefit gained from the TASW period. CVN operations need to six day period for TASW/ASUW.
14 account for the ASW threat and take appropriate
Attack Adjudication Procedures. Attacks were not adjudicated in a timely manner and on Attack adjudication procedures will be reviewed during
occasions the CECG had to be prompted for a response. The RIMPAC 2010 planning processes. Consideration will be
chat room in which the attack was adjudicated varied and on given to embarking CECG staff in units during the tactical
occasions attacks were reported in multiple chat rooms. phase.
Submarine ASUW training CTF 174 reported limited contact time with surface ships during RIMPAC 2010 Program has been developed to include a
opportunities. the tactical phase as surface ships did not operate in their six day period for TASW/ASUW.
ASW Table Top Exercise during It was recommended that an ASW table top exercise be Will be incorporated into Harbour Phase
Harbor Phase. conducted in the harbor phase to refine and improve
ASW/TASW procedures, comms, reporting etc. prior to the
SOE and tactical phase. The table top should be attended by
CO's and warfare officers of each unit.
Promulgate one OPTASK ASW. Three OPTASK ASWs were promulgated and this caused much A RIMPAC 2010 generic OPTASK ASW will be
confusion. issued/promulgated. Units may promulgate OPTASK
18 ASW SUPPs IOT achieve specific training objectives.
Approach and Attack. On numerous occasions BLUE FOR warships did not Green grenade procedures will be investigated as a
acknowledge attack signals. It was assessed the means of means to simulate attacks by submarines on surface
19 indicating an attack (bridge-to-bridge, UWT, active sonar tx) units.
were not the best means to indicate an attack.
Standing Relaxations Message. COMSUBPAC issued a message detailing approved relaxations This message will not be issued for RIMPAC 2010. The
for RIMPAC. Few pre-exs referenced this message or used the RIMPAC 2010 OPORD will detail the relaxations that will
20 content of this message. not be approved.
Waterspace Planning. Long OPSKEDS with many waterspace shifts increased the During the planning conferences, a more feasible way to
loading on SM boradcasts and resulted in submarines losing manage waterspace will be developed. Possible option is
valuable training time. for each submarine to be allocated a static block of water,
with CASEXs being completed in this waterspace and
21 surface units transiting to this location.
Blue Force Submarine. The absence of a Blue Force submarine reduced the training Investigate use of Blue Force submarine or simulated
value and realism for the OPFOR submarines. submarine during IPC.
Request for more ASUW and MIO Participants requested more ASUW and MIO vignette RIMPAC 2010 Program has been developed to include a
vignette opportunities. opportunities that were conducted in approriately sized op areas six day period for ASUW (can include MIO within this
(large), with realistic SOAs, included a variety of air and surface period).
23 assets and were linked to appropriate ROE (not shoot to kill).
Embarkation of land forces prior CTF 176 and CFLCC recommended that the land forces should Feasibility will be investigated at IPC.
to transit to Hawaii to facilitate embark in their Ships prior to departing for Hawaii. This would
integration. assist the integration of the land forces and allow any issues to
be resolved prior to the commencement of the exercise.
Expand Multi-national land forces. Expand the land force to include nations other than the US and Request for participants to provide land forces will be
25 Canada (and Indonesia). included in RIMPAC 2010 Invitation and at IPC.
SAR detachment to support A dedicated SAR Detachment must be identified and assigned To be investigated and identified during IPC.
26 MAGTF training and missions. to support MAGTF training anf missions.
Control live fire events. Some live fire bids were received too late and/or major changes Bids for live fire events are to be submitted prior to the
27 made after the FPC resulting in major changes to the live fire IPC and major details confirmed at the MPC.
Pre-Ex requirements for Live Fire Live fire events required a CONOPS message from each Develop and promulgate Live Fire Event setting signal
events. respective CTF detailing the conduct of their live fire event. It requirements at IPC.
28 was recommeded this be replaced with a Pre-Ex, the PMRF live
fire plan and a LOI.
Develop direct link between CTF It was recommended that CTF 173 have direct access to the TF The role of CTF 173 and it being the sole organisation for
173 and individual TF N4s N4s to facilitate logistics issues being resolved in a timely and addressing logistics related issues will be addressed and
efficient manner. educated at the IPC.
Scenario should have greater link The scenario needs to flow from one phase to another and Scenario will be amended to achieve this.
between SOE phase and tactical should be linked, so as to provide some realism.
NEC and MIW conducted a Intel injects for the NEC/MIW exercise were not issued by White During RIMPAC 2010 NEC and MIW cannot run separate
separate exercise within RIMPAC Cell, leading to confusion of some participants. exercise and White Cell will control all intel/exercise
31 08. injects.
Conduct of planning conferences Defined objectives and outputs need to be promulgated for each To be incorporated into IPC, MPC and FPC. Cross
and outputs/objectives of each planning conference. The planning conferences must be just pollination of information will occur between C3F working
conference. that - a planning event. There must be a sharing of information group leads.
between working groups to ensure training objectives are
realistic and expectations are managed. It was assessed that
too much planning occurred after the FPC and during the
Develop the use of CMFP and the CMFP was improved significantly from RIMPAC 2006. The N6 are investigating solutions to the issues highlighted in
associated architecture. focus for RIMPAC 2010 should be the distribution of and access RIMPAC 08. Distribution and access to terminals will be
to CMFP terminals and addressing the CMFP issues highlighted addressed in the RIMPAC 2010 C4I Baseline Message.
33 during/after RIMPAC 08. The focus and importance of CMFP as Importance of CMFP as the RIMPAC network will be
the RIMPAC network must be re-iterated to all participants stressed to participants during the planning cycle.
during the planning cycle.
Investigate lower bandwidth chat Participants noted that CMFP STC used too much bandwidth CMFP STC is a low bandwidth application compared with
applications. and requested that other lower bandwidth chat applications be other chat applications that are currently used the DOD. It
investigated. is not feasible to create a new chat application specifically
34 for RIMPAC. The RIMPAC 2010 C4I Baseline Message
will recommend that participants have 128K INMARSAT
systems to support the RIMPAC IM requirements.
CFACC/CAOC helpdesk manning. The CFACC/CAOC helpdesk was not manned by a COMMDIR N6 have submitted input to have the JMD amended to
A6 and sufficient personnel to support 24/7 operations. The ensure the appropriate number of qualified personnel are
personnel manning the CAOC were too inexperienced. assigned to helpdesks that support 24/7 operations.
35 CFACC personnel are to ensure spaces are made
available that can have combined participants operating in
Multiple CMFP servers were Email address lists were not imported/exported between N6 investigating feasible solutions to this issue. Possible
36 required to be used. servers, making it difficult to find an individuals email address. solution is webmail.
Default 20 MG storage space for Resulted in emails being deleted every four days to free up N6 investigating feasible solutions to this issue.
37 email accounts was insufficient. space.
Email accounts naming The use of multiple servers resulted in personnel having the N6 investigating feasible solutions to this issue. Possible
conventions. same email address, but that address could only be accessed solution is webmail.
38 on the server it was sent on.
Personnel were still using This resulted in information being passed on multiple domains CMFP is the only domain to be used for Official RIMPAC
NIPR/SIPR for RIMPAC and N6 personnel having to transfer data between the different correspondence. This alleviates multiple sources of
correspondence. domains. information, confusion/ambiguities in information and
removes the requirement for N6 personnel to transfer
data between different domains. C3F will send a msg to
39 ALRIMPAC prior to departing San Diego for RIMPAC
2010 stating that C3F RIMPAC personnel are only to be
contacted on CMFP for RIMPAC specific matters. The
msg will also detail each persons email address.
OPFOR chat room. An OPFOR library/chat room was not created until after the N6/N7 to ensure OPFOR chat room created prior to
40 exercise had commenced. exercise start.
Sametime Chat procedures. A standard set of sametime chat procedures needs to be Draft and promulgate an OPTASK IM for RIMPAC 2010.
developed and promulgated, as there was some confusion as to This also needs to be captured in COMBEXAG V.
41 what information should be passed and in which chat room.
No procedure in place for A temporary solution was implemented when the issue arose A permanent procedure is to be developed and
employment of helos in multi- during the exercise. incorporated into COMBEXAG, SPINS and/or the
42 threat environment (no height OPORD.
CFMCC Staff. CFMCC personnel undermined training for CTFs as they were ill The CECG will manage the first half of the FIT phase.
prepared (no training conducted) for the exercise and did not The MOC will be stood to and conduct on the job training
have the appropriate background or skill sets to execute their during the second half of the FIT phase. The second half
43 assigned job. of the FIT phase has more advanced serials which will
adequately prepare them for the tactical phase.
CAOC personnel arrived in Hawaii This resulted in CAOC personnel not being ready to execute CAOC personnel will be directed to arrive in Hawaii five
the day the SOE phase operations as they were unaware of the battle rhythm and did working days prior to the commencement of the exercise.
commenced. not have the appropriate IT access.
USMC representative assigned to The lack of a USMC representative at planning conferences and JMD to be amended to reflect USMC representative in
the White Cell. during the exercise resulted in a lack of timely and appropriate White Cell.
45 intel injects during littoral operations.
Accurate POC list. Considerable effort was allocated to developing an accurate A RIMPAC 2010 Master Contact List has been
POC list during the exercise. commenced and will be maintained by the RIMPAC
Development of IO/Influence CFMCC and CTF Commanders requested an IO/influence IO and concepts such as an influence campaign will be
campaign. campaign be developed and implemented. They also requested investigated further at the IPC - classification and
47 an IO round table within the harbor phase. realisibility of documents will limit their use. IO table top to
be included in harbor phase.
ROE Table Top ROE was not fully understood by all participants and OPFOR ROE Table Top will be held during Harbor Phase to brief
Commanders were not provided ROE. ROE was not exercised all participants on the ROE, how it is to be employed
during the SOE phase and critical EXROE was not distributed during the FIT phase and the proces of sending
48 until mid exercise. ROEREQs etc. ROE will be exercised during all phases
of RIMPAC 2010.