The US Navy has officially launched the world’s largest international naval exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), involving navies of 26 countries around the Hawaiian islands.
According to a US Navy press release, the exercise is held from 29th June till the 4th of August and will witness a “wide range of capabilities, projecting the inherent flexibility of maritime forces and helping to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
This edition will include 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, approximately 170 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel, a major show of force in the Indo-Pacific aimed to align friendly navies for better interoperability and coordination.
RIMPAC 2022 Commander, Vice Admiral Michael Boyle, welcomed participants during a kick-off gathering of leaders from across the RIMPAC force.
“By coming together as Capable, Adaptive Partners, and in the scale that we are, we are making a statement about our commitment to work together, to foster and sustain those relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of the sea lanes and the security of the world’s interconnected oceans,” he said. “This is also how we find the areas where our national objectives overlap, where we can practice the procedures that will help to enable our interchangeability –the nexus of national will and interoperability.”
The Indian Navy is also taking part in the exercise with its Shivalik-class stealth frigate INS Satpura, a frontline unit of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam. Additionally, a P-8I Neptune Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) will also be part of the Indian contingent.
This year’s exercise program will include gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious, counter-piracy, mine clearance, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations. Additionally, the exercise will also introduce space and cyber operations for all partner nations, the press release mentioned.