The largest international maritime warfare exercise in the world, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), will be held from June 27 to August 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, United States 3rd Fleet Public Affairs said.
RIMPAC 2018, the 26th iteration, with theme “Capable, Adaptive, Partners” is hosted by US Pacific Fleet and will be led by U. 3rd Fleet Commander Vice Admiral John D. Alexander who will serve as combined task force (CTF) commander.
The US 3rd Fleet said year’s RIMPAC will be participated by forces from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
The 26 nations will bring together 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.
Royal Canadian Navy Rear Admiral Bob Auchterlonie will serve as CTF deputy commander and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Admiral Hideyuki Oban as CTF vice commander.
The Fleet Marine Force will be led by US Marine Corps Brigadier General Mark Hashimoto, Commodore Pablo Niemann of Armada de Chile will command the maritime component, and Air Commodore Craig Heap of the Royal Australian Air Force will command the air component.