RIMPAC: Forty Ships and Submarines in Formation
Forty ships and submarines from 13 nations sailed in close formation during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercises that are currently underway.
This year’s RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime exercise, involves 26 nations, over 40 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel training in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California from June 30 to August 4.
During the exercise, participating personnel and assets are conducting gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air-defense exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations and an amphibious landing.
This year's exercise includes units or personnel from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.