About the Exercise

Held every two years by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT), RIMPAC 2012 is a multinational maritime exercise that takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

This year's RIMPAC exercise, the 23rd in the series that began in 1971, is scheduled from June 27 to August 7, with an opening reception scheduled for June 29 and closing reception August 3. Twenty-two nations, 40 surface ships, 6 submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate. Units from Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, and the United States will participate. Military personnel from Colombia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Republic of Philippines, Thailand, Tonga and the United Kingdom will also participate.

RIMPAC is a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.

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