Hawaii & Southern California, USA

Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 (RIMPAC 2018) is a major United States Pacific Fleet biennial combined exercise to strengthen international maritime partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential operations.

The multinational activity, held from 27 June to 2 August 2018 in Hawaii and off the coast of California, is the world’s largest maritime exercise and includes 47 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel from 25 countries; Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.


The theme of RIMPAC 2018 is ‘Capable, Adaptive, Partners’


The Australian Defence Force has sent four surface ships, HMA Ships Adelaide, Success, Toowoomba, Melbourne, a submarine, HMAS Rankin, one P-8A Poseidon aircraft and more than 1600 personnel including an amphibious landing force from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

ADF personnel will exercise across a broad spectrum of scenarios from humanitarian assistance and disaster response to maritime security operations, sea control and complex war fighting. 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.

As the world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's interconnected oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971.


RIMPAC 2018 Online

US Navy RIMPAC 2018 Homepage

Facebook: @RimofthePacific

Twitter: @RimofthePacific

Instagram: @rimofthepacific



Imagery for RIMPAC 2018 is available for viewing/download from the Navy Image Library.

US Marines board HMAS Adelaide’s MRH-90 helicopter during amphibious operations off Hawaii as part of Exercise RIMPAC 2018.
US Marines board HMAS Adelaide’s MRH-90 helicopter during amphibious operations off Hawaii as part of Exercise RIMPAC 2018.


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