29 Jun '18, 11am
US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced today the start of the world's largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in a series that began in 1971. "RIMPAC is not only the world's largest international maritime exercise, it also shows that like-minded n...