“This year’s RIMPAC exercise, the 24th in the series that began in 1971, is scheduled from June 26 to August 1, with an opening reception scheduled for June 26 and closing reception August 1. Twenty-three nations, 49 surface ships, 6 submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate,” said in a news release by Commander, US Pacific Fleet.
Troops and military hardware will be coming 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, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.
US has the largest delegation seconded by People’s Liberation Army of China with 1,100 troops and a destroyer, frigate, supply ship, and hospital ship Peace Ark.
RIMPAC or Rim of the Pacific Exercise is a biennial maritime warfare exercise hosted by USN Pacific Fleet with goal to enhance interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces and promote stability in the Pacific.
“Non-traditional security threats are common threats faced by all countries. The threats cannot be solved by any single country. That’s why I believe China’s participation will help maintain regional and world peace and stability,” a senior Chinese captain said. China is participating for the first time.