World’s largest international maritime exercise named RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2016 began in Pacific Ocean at Hawaii, United States. RIMPAC 2016 will see participation of navies from 26 countries. This year it is the 25th edition of biennial exercise in the series that began in 1971.
RIMPAC 2016 theme was “Capable, Adaptive, Partners”.
In this edition of exercise (from 30 June to 4 August 2016), 45 ships, 5 submarines, about 200 aircrafts and 25000 personnel are participating. 26 Participating Countries are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, China, Peru, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States. Participating countries will exercise wide range of capabilities including complex warfighting, maritime security, disaster relief operations and sea control. In RIMPAC 2016, three new nations are participating for the first time. They are Denmark, Germany and Italy.
India is being represented by Indian Naval ship (INS) Satpura, an indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate.