Navy announces 28th RIMPAC exercise

By Audrey Decker / June 1, 2022 at 4:26 PM

The Navy has announced the world's largest international maritime exercise will take place June 29 through Aug. 4 in and around Hawaii and Southern California.

The Rim of the Pacific will feature 26 nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 170 aircraft and approximately 25,000 personnel, according to yesterday’s statement.

“The relevant, realistic training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy operations, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations,” the Navy states.

The biannual exercise will demonstrate naval capabilities including disaster relief, maritime security operations, sea control and warfighting, according to the Navy.

“During RIMPAC, a network of capable, adaptive partners train and operate together in order to strengthen their collective forces and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. RIMPAC 2022 contributes to the increased interoperability, resiliency and agility needed by the Joint and Combined Force to deter and defeat aggression by major powers across all domains and levels of conflict,” the Navy states.

The first RIMPAC exercise was held in 1971.