38 surface ships, 4 submarines, 9 ground forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, about 170 aircraft and more than 25,000 military personnel participated in the exercise in the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California region.

The Indonesian Navy's KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332) frigate arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on June 26 to participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 exercise. (Photo: U.S. Navy)
The Indonesian Navy’s KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai (332) frigate arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on June 26 to participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 exercise. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

According to Kyodo, recently, a large-scale multinational naval exercise led by the US Navy opened in the Pacific region. The drills were attended by representatives of 25 other countries amid rising tensions between the US and China.

According to the US Navy, from June 29 to August 4, US allies in the Indo-Pacific region, including Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, will participate in the exercise called Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2022.

Several European countries, including Britain, France and Germany, are also participating in RIMPAC 2022. This is considered the largest naval exercise in the world.

China participated in RIMPAC in 2014 and 2016 but has not participated in the event since 2018 when US-China relations deteriorated under the administration of former President Donald Trump with many disagreements in many areas.

In a press release, the US Navy announced that 38 surface ships, 4 submarines, 9 ground forces, more than 30 unmanned systems, approximately 170 aircraft and more than 25,000 personnel will participate in training and operations in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

From Japan, the aircraft carrier Izumo and destroyer Takanami of the Maritime Self-Defense Force have been dispatched to participate in RIMPAC 2022 with units of the Ground Self-Defense Force.

Ahead of the drills, Japanese Minister Nobuo Kishi stated: “By joining RIMPAC, we will improve our tactics and strengthen cooperation with the US and other like-minded countries. It also shows solidarity towards the goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

During the RIMPAC 2020 exercise, only 10 countries including Japan participated due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the time was shortened to about two weeks. In 2018, 26 countries participated.

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