22 Nations Ready for the World’s Largest Maritime Exercise
Held biannually by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series, scheduled from June 26 to August 1.
RIMPAC is a valuable training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safe transit of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.
Twenty-two nations, 49 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate. Representatives from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States will participate.
Brunei and the People’s Republic of China will participate in RIMPAC for the first time this year. Also a RIMPAC first, two hospital ships, USNS Mercy and PLA (N) Peace Ark, will participate in the exercise.
The theme of RIMPAC 2014 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.” The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility and value of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training syllabus includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.