Seaman Apprentice Richard Binder Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2ndClass Theodore Quintana


By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Wyscaver
Navy Office of Community Outreach

A 2017 Riverside Military Academy graduate and Rockaway Park native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

Seaman Apprentice Richard Binder is a culinary specialist aboard USS Lake Erie, currently operating out of San Diego.

A Navy culinary specialist is responsible for boosting morale while providing food services to the crew.

Binder applies the lessons he learned from Rockaway Park to his work in the Navy.

“Treating others with respect is important because it’s good karma,” said Binder.

As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

The theme of RIMPAC 2018 is “Capable, Adaptive Partners” according to Navy officials. 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 meeting new people from different countries as well as exploring Hawaii,” said Binder.


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