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US-led RIMPAC, World’s Largest Maritime Exercise, Starts Without China or Taiwan
The exercises kicked off without Taiwan’s participation, despite a push from Congress, while China’s previous invitations are a distant memory.
The U.S. Navy began hosting the world’s largest maritime exercise, involving 26 countries, off Hawaii on June 29, amid worsening tensions between Washington and Beijing over the Indo-Pacific region and elsewhere.
The Rim of the Pacific exercise, also known as RIMPAC, will run through August 4. Thirty-eight surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 170 aircraft, and about 25,000 personnel will train and operate together in and around the Hawaiian Islands and southern California.
The exercises serve as an opportunity for the United States to put on a show of multilateral cooperation, or collective action, against a more assertive China.
In December 2021, the two houses of the U.S. Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022, with recommendations that President Joe Biden’s administration invite Taiwan to RIMPAC 2022 to enhance the cooperation between the U.S. and Taiwan aimed at countering the threat from China.
This year’s exercise program will include gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious, counterpiracy, mine clearance, explosive ordnance disposal, diving, and salvage operations, according to a U.S. 3rd Fleet news release about RIMPAC 2022. Additionally, the exercise will also introduce space and cyber operations for all partner nations, the press release said.
This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Japan has sent JS Izumo, one of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s two largest Izumo-class helicopter carriers, and one destroyer, JS Takanami, to Hawaii.