The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) military exercises intended to combat terrorism and piracy have been succesfully concluded.

The maritime excercises, which began on 23 June, included amphibious landings, mine search and clearance, live-fire missile shooting, air defence exercises and submarine hunting.

The military drill brought together 20,000 personnel, 32 ships, five submarines and more than 170 aircraft in waters surrounding Hawaii.

US Navy Vice Admiral Richard W Hunt said the exercises were intended to make the Pacific nations better able to combat terrorism, piracy and violent extremism.

He further said the maritime exercises improved tactical coordination and built relationships to improve security throughout the Pacific.

RIMPAC 2010 is a biennial 14-nation military exercise that demonstrates the collaborative defense efforts required in maintaining the peace and stability of the Pacific region.