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El Paso native, Jesse Donacio, plays important role in Navy's RIMPAC Exercise

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker, U.S. Navy
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:02pm

Aviation Machinist’s Mate Airman Jesse Donacio from El Paso is assigned to the “Kestrels” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137.

In this picture, he is performing maintenance in the engine compartment of an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Ronald Reagan is participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are 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.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released) 

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