Rim of the Pacific 2018 international maritime exercise concludes

7 August 2018 (Last Updated August 7th, 2018 12:48)

The world's largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018, has concluded in the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands.

Rim of the Pacific 2018 international maritime exercise concludes
International navy ships assemble in formation during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. Credit: US Navy by mass communication specialist 1st class Arthurgwain Marquez / Released.

The world’s largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018, has concluded in the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands.

The 25-nation exercise lasted for more than a month and involved a series of training events that were conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, US.

A total of 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel took part in the exercise, which was hosted by US Pacific Fleet.

"Throughout the duration of the exercise, from the planning conferences to the ships returning to port, this team proved they work great together."

The 26th iteration of RIMPAC was led by US 3rd Fleet commander vice-admiral John Alexander, who served as the combined task force (CTF) commander.

Alexander said: “We completed the exercise safely, while still achieving national training objectives.

“This is a true testament to the talent and lasting partnerships we built through RIMPACs past and present, and will continue to build for the foreseeable future.

“Multinational operations are complicated. It takes skill to assemble an international team and have it be successful.

“Throughout the duration of the exercise, from the planning conferences to the ships returning to port, this team proved they work great together and can adapt quickly to a dynamic environment.”

The nations participating in this year’s exercise included Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Republic of Korea, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the UK, US and Vietnam.

Forces focused on training a wide range of capabilities during the event, ranging from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting.

The personnel underwent training in amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defence exercises, as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations.