US Navy LCAC Hovercraft Land on Beach, Unload Equipment, Return to Aircraft Carrier

Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) 32 departs amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and deploys U.S. Marines and equipment to the beach during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are in RIMPAC exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3, 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. Video by PO2 Eric Crosby | Defense Imagery Management Operations Center