The RIMPAC exercises are the largest of its kind in the world.
The RIMPAC exercises are the largest of its kind in the world.(Photo: Altered by Shruti Mathur/The Quint)
  • 1. How Big Is It?
  • 2. What Are They Practising For?
  • 3. Why Was China Disinvited?
  • 4. The Rising Indo-Pacific
RIMPAC 2018: What’s In It For Everyone?

“Capable, Adaptive, Partners.”

That’s the theme for the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise – the largest international maritime exercise in the world, hosted by the US, and this year, conducted with 26 countries including India.

This year, Brazil, Israel, Vietnam and Sri Lanka will be participating for the first time. And though China was initially invited and has been participating since 2014, the US withdrew that extended hand of friendship after China’s militarisation of disputed features in the South China Sea.

So how big is RIMPAC and what’s its goal?

  • 1. How Big Is It?

    Running from 27 June to 2 August, RIMPAC 2018 involves 47 surface ships, 5 submarines, over 200 aircraft, land forces from 18 countries and 25,000 personnel – the US invites its allies and countries that lie along the rim of the Pacific Ocean to participate in these exercises.

    Most of the ships, aircraft and submarines belong to US forces, and this massive congregation will conduct an array of exercises around the Hawaiian islands and off the coast of southern California in the US.

    India is sending one ship, the INS Sahyadri, an indigenously built guided missile frigate.

    The RIMPAC exercises are the largest of its kind in the world.
    The INS Sahyadri.
    (Photo Courtesy: MilitaryFactory)
PreviousNext