Warships of navies participating in Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2018 have started to depart Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii on July 9 for the sea phase of the largest international maritime warfare exercise in the world.
Among the anticipated drills in RIMPAC 2018 are live firing of a long range anti-ship missile (LRASM) from a US Air Force aircraft, surface to ship missiles fired by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, and a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) fired from a launcher on the back of a Palletized Load System (PLS) by the US Army.
A total of twenty-five nations, more than 45 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC that will end on August 2.
Participating nations are Australia, 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.
In the harbor phase, Philippine Navy’s special operations forces – Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) and Marine Special Operations Group (MARSOG) – have participated in drills like Urban Operations, Amphibious Assault Vehicle Familiarization, Combat Life Saving, Ground-Air Integration, Heliborne Raid Operations, Small Boat Insertion, Shallow Water Egress, Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System (FRIES) Training, and Combat Marksmanship Drills.
Sources: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/4543119/republic-korea-submarine-roks-park-wi-ss-065-departs-pearl-harbor; http://navy.mil.ph/pn_web_news.php?news_id=1827; https://www.dvidshub.net/news/282739/us-navy-kicks-off-26th-rimpac-exercise