RIMPAC 2014: World’s largest international maritime drill kicks off
World’s largest international maritime exercise named RIMPAC 2014 began on June 26. The mega drill will see participation of navies from 23 countries. The United States has sent the biggest fleet, followed by China.
This is China’s first active participation at RIMPAC. China is also likely to join drills against non-traditional security threats.
RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th naval exercise in the series and will commence from June 26 to August 1. The 23 nations participating in this year’s edition of RIMPAC are the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Peru, Norway, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Tonga, and the United Kingdom.
RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. RIMPAC is held biennially during June and July of even-numbered years from Honolulu, Hawaii. It is hosted and administered by the United States Navy’s Pacific Fleet, headquartered at Pearl Harbor, in conjunction with the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and Hawaii National Guard forces under the control of the Governor of Hawaii. The US invites military forces from the Pacific Rim and beyond to participate. The theme for RIMPAC 2014 exercise is “Capable, Adaptive Partners.”