Around 25,000 personnel from across 26 nations are set to participate in the US-led biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2022.

First conducted in 1971, RIMPAC 2022 will be the 28th iteration of the multinational maritime exercise.

The exercise will be conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California region from 29 June to 4 August.

This year, the multinational maritime exercise will involve participation of nearly 38 surface ships, four submarines, over 170 aircraft and nine national land forces.

The iteration will see participation of forces from 26 nations including the US, Australia, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, France, India, Chile, Ecuador, Indonesia, Denmark, Tonga, Israel, Colombia, Japan, Brunei, Malaysia, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Th exercise will be hosted by Commander, the US Pacific Fleet and will be led by Commander, the US Third Fleet. The two will serve as Combined Task Force (CTF) commander.

The theme of RIMPAC 2022 is ‘capable, adaptive, partners.’

RIMPAC exercise aims to provide training opportunity to the participants for sustaining and fostering the relationships critical for the safety and security of sea lanes and interconnected oceans.

The participating forces will carry out a variety of missions including disaster relief, sea control, maritime security operations and other complex warfighting.

Additionally, RIMPAC will involve realistic training programmes such as mine clearance operations, amphibious operations, gunnery, anti-submarine and air defence exercises, counter-piracy operations, diving and salvage operations and explosive ordnance disposal.

RIMPAC 2022 will involve a network of e partners training together to strengthen the collective forces and promote an open and free Indo-Pacific region.