The vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean will once again become a stage for international cooperation and military prowess as the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise returns to Hawaii from June 26 to August 2.

This biennial event, boasting the title of the world’s largest naval war exercise, brings together a staggering display of maritime might with “approximately 29 nations, 40 surface ships, three submarines, 14 national land forces, over 150 aircraft, and more than 25,000 personnel.

According to the US Pacific Fleet, this year’s theme, “Partners: Integrated and Prepared,” underscores the exercise’s core objective of fostering trust and interoperability among participating forces. The exercise design incorporates a vast array of military assets, including aircraft, land forces, and cutting-edge naval technology, all working in a complex and dynamic simulated war environment.

Participants will engage in a variety of scenarios, from anti-submarine warfare (ASW) drills to amphibious landings and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) operations. This comprehensive approach ensures that participating nations are prepared to tackle a wide range of maritime challenges.

A Legacy of Cooperation: RIMPAC’s Historical Significance

RIMPAC’s legacy stretches back to 1971, making it a cornerstone of maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Throughout the Cold War, the exercise served as a critical platform for the United States and its allies to refine joint operations and showcase their collective strength.

In the post-Cold War era, RIMPAC has evolved to encompass a broader range of participants and objectives. It now serves as a vital forum for fostering trust and interoperability among a diverse group of nations, promoting regional stability, and deterring potential aggression.

Beyond the Indo-Pacific: A Global Force at RIMPAC 2024

The list of participants for RIMPAC 2024 reflects its expansive reach.