Ten nations, about 20 ships and 5,300 personnel are taking part in Rim of the Pacific maritime exercises starting from Aug 17, 2020, in Hawaii's waters. This year, the prestigious interoperability exercise is a coronavirus-reduced shadow of its former self.
Two years ago, the last time the biennial exercise was held, 25 nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel were part of the drills. All the participants were reinvited for RIMPAC 2020. RIMPAC was over a month long in 2018. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic it was trimmed to two weeks and pushed back from July. Almost all of the activity this time will be at sea, with the exercise scheduled to end Aug 31.
The Rim of the Pacific Exercise.
RIMPAC is the world's largest multi-national maritime exercise.