As many as 26 countries, including India, would participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) military exercise from June 27 to August 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, the Pentagon announced today.
Known as the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC this year involves 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.
Ahead of the announcement, the United States had disinvited China from RIMPAC, a move Beijing described as “unfortunate”. Four countries – Brazil, Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are participating in RIMPAC for the first time. The theme this year is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.”
Participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces, a media release from the US 3rd Fleet Public Affairs said. Read More