Glendale native participates in maritime warfare exercise

A 2018 Glendale High School graduate and Glendale native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Corrales is an operations specialist aboard USS William P. Lawrence, currently operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

A Navy operations specialist is responsible for communicating with helicopters, helping their navigation and assisting with helicopter tactical operations.

Corrales uses skills and values similar to those learned in Glendale.

“My pops taught me discipline in life, which made the military a lot easier,” Corrales said.

As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships 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 “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.” The participating nations and forces exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting.

The relevant, realistic training program includes gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious, counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations.

“I’m looking forward to the sports, in particular basketball, and track and field during RIMPAC,” Corrales said.

Serving in the Navy means Corrales is part of a team taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“We protect the waters and the air so free trade can continue around the globe,” Corrales said.

With more than 90% of all trade traveling by sea, and 95% of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

According to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, four priorities will focus efforts on sailors, readiness, capabilities and capacity.

“For 245 years, in both calm and rough waters, our Navy has stood the watch to protect the homeland, preserve freedom of the seas and defend our way of life,” Gilday said. “The decisions and investments we make this decade will set the maritime balance of power for the rest of this century. We can accept nothing less than success.”

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

“Picking up petty officer second class in my rate with only on-the-job training is something I’m very proud of,” Corrales said.

During RIMPAC, a network of capable, adaptive partners train and operate together to strengthen their collective forces and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. RIMPAC 2022 contributes to the increased interoperability, resiliency and agility needed by the Joint and Combined Force to deter and defeat aggression by major powers across all domains and levels of conflict.

As a member of the U.S. Navy, Corrales and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

“I was the first in my family to join the military,” Corrales added. “To my family, that means a lot. The element of family sacrifice isn’t lost on me and my family.”

Additional information about RIMPAC is available at cpf.navy.mil.