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An AH-1W Super Cobra from the Thunder Chickens of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 performs a low-altitude surveillance pass during a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) drill aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristopher Wilson/Released)

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The training is intense. The missions, whether responding to distress calls or defending against pirates, are important. Meet the VBSS (visit, board, search and seizure) team.

Providing cover fire. A Recon Marine with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force South fires from a helicopter with a M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System during a helicopter visit, board, search and seizure drill off USS America Aug. 12.

Target Practice

A U.S. Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force aims at his target from a UH-1Y Venom during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) March 18, 2015. The Marines practiced a visit, board, search and seizure mission from the USS Anchorage (LPD-23). (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht/Released)

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RIMPAC 2014

(Top) More than 40 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations travel in formation in the Pacific Ocean July 25, 2014, during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon E. Renfroe, U.S. Navy/Released)

(Second) U.S. Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment practice clearing rooms during training at the Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii July 22, 2014, as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Wesley Timm, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

(Third) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of vessels from 15 international partnership nations Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 25, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dustin Kelling, U.S. Navy/Released)

(Fourth) Lance Corporal Samuel Derene directs Republic of Korea Marines as they exit a Marine CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter at Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii during non-combatant evacuation operation training during the 2014 Rim of the Pacific Exercise. (Canadian Forces Combat Camera Photo by Sgt. Matthew McGregor/Released)

(Fifth) The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) conducts amphibious operations in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 28, 2014. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight, U.S. Navy/Released)

(Sixth) A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 prepares to land on the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 28, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight, U.S. Navy/Released)

(Seventh) U.S. Navy Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Chase Burton climbs a caving ladder out of the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) in the Pacific Ocean July 23, 2014, during visit, board, search and seizure training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, U.S. Navy/Released)

(Bottom) A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom helicopter assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 24 takes off during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise July 29, 2014, at a landing zone at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, Hawaii. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Victor A. Mancilla, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

(Overview) Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 people participated in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. 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.