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U.S. Air Force Capt. Nicholous Banks, 29th Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper instructor pilot, coordinates daily mission requirements for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 exercise July 20, 2022, at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. MQ-9 Reaper Pilots and sensor operators from various units across the nation are participating in the maritime exercise, which happens to be the first appearance of Air Force MQ-9s in RIMPAC. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)
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