Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016 (RIMPAC 2016) is a major United States Pacific Fleet biennial combined exercise involving forces from 26 countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Tonga, UK and USA.

53 surface ships, four submarines and more than 200 aircraft will be manned and crewed by more than 25,000 personnel from across the Pacific Rim.

Australian Defence Force participation includes:

  • Approximately 1650 personnel from Navy, Army and Air Force
  • A Maritime Clearance Diving Task Group and MCD diving elements from Australian Clearance Diving Teams 1 and 4
  • The Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR)
  • Three Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft
  • HMAS Canberra
  • HMAS Warramunga
  • HMAS Ballarat

During the exercise, participating personnel and assets will conduct gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air-defence exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations and an amphibious landing.

RIMPAC 2016 is a major undertaking which reflects the closeness of our alliance with the United States and the strength of our military relationships with other regional defence partners. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971 - Australia was a participant in the first exercise along with Canada, and the United States, and has attended every exercise since.

RIMPAC 2016 is a unique opportunity to build interoperability and cultivate ties with the armed forces of Pacific Rim countries.


The theme of RIMPAC 2016 is ‘Capable, Adaptive, Partners’


The exercise is taking place in and around the Hawaiian Islands and the southern California naval exercise areas from 30 June until 4 August.



Imagery for RIMPAC 2016 is available for viewing/download from the Navy Image Library.


Additional Information

Further information on the exercise is available on the Exercise RIMPAC 2016 web page on the Defence website.

US Navy RIMPAC Homepage.

The US Defense Video and Imagery Distribution Systems (DVIDS).

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