Special operations forces from the United States, Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, and Japan conduct an airborne insertion during RimPac 2018. Credit: U.S. Navy
Started in 1971, RimPac 2018—currently underway in Hawaii through 2 August—marks the 26th exercise in the series. It is the world's largest international maritime exercise, with this year’s event involving 25,000 naval personnel, 52 ships and submarines from 26 nations. Its primary goal is to provide a unique training opportunity to foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to maintaining the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.
While some aspects of RimPac 2018 are similar to past iterations, this year’s offering includes several new developments.