U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Estes
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Arthur Bowlby, of Alton, peers through his sights during an M16 assault rifle gun qualification aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.