A total of 26 countries have commenced the 28th edition of biennial multinational maritime exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022.

RIMPAC 2022, which started on 29 June, is being carried out in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California region. It will conclude on 4 August.

The US-led month-long exercise involves around 38 surface ships, over 30 uncrewed systems, nine national land forces, four submarines and around 170 aircraft.

The theme of the latest iteration of the exercise is ‘Capable, Adaptive, Partners.’

RIMPAC 2022 commander vice-admiral Michael Boyle said: “By coming together as Capable, Adaptive Partners, and in the scale that we are, we are making a statement about our commitment to work together, to foster and sustain those relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of the sea lanes and the security of the world’s interconnected oceans.

“This is also how we find the areas where our national objectives overlap, where we can practice the procedures that will help to enable our interchangeability –the nexus of national will and interoperability.”

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During the exercise, around 25,000 personnel from the participating nations will operate together and exercise a variety of capabilities to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The latest iteration involves a series of exercises including anti-submarine, missile, gunnery, air defence, counter-piracy, mine clearance, amphibious, diving, salvage operations and explosive ordnance disposal operations.

Furthermore, this year’s edition has introduced space and cyber operations for all the participating nations.

This will also be the first time the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has deployed its newly commissioned Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship HMAS Supply for an international exercise.

HMAS Supply will carry out replenishments at the sea with other navies, during the exercise.