31 May '18, 3am

Navy: China out, Vietnam and Israel in for RIMPAC 2018

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – China is out, but Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Israel are in for this summer’s Rim of the Pacific naval exercise in Hawaii. The Navy announced on Wednesday that 26 nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial RIMPAC being held June 27 to Aug. 2. This would mark the first time Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Israel have joined the drills, the Navy said. Last week, the United States rescinded its invitation to RIMPAC for China, which had participated in 2014 and 2016, bringing several ships and personnel. Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Logan, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters that the move was a first step in protesting China’s actions in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. China has expanded those islands through dredgin...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/navy-china-out-vietn...

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