Some 4,000 Special Operations Command personnel, ships and aircraft participate in the joint training exercise Ellipse Charlie 00 at different locations in the Pacific. The training, which began 31 August 2000 and continued for a month, involved hostage rescue, vessel recovery, infiltration, re-supplying troops on the ground, and removal of special operations forces. Units from the U.S. Pacific Command and those assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command were involved in the training. Aircraft participing in the exercise included Air Force C-130, C-17, and C-5 troops transport planes, Navy P-3 Orions and Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallions.
The training was conducted in the Pacific so that Special Operations units can work with forces in the area and strengthen ties with regional commanders. The Special Operations Command is based at MacDill Air Force Base, FL. Training in the Pacific area presents challenges in the form of longer distances and different terrain and climates.