Approximately 1,600 Australian Defence Force personnel have joined twenty-five international partners to undertake the world’s largest international maritime exercise.
Held across training areas in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California from 29 June to 04 August 2022, Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2022 (RIMPAC) is a biennial international military exercise hosted by Commander, U.S Pacific Fleet.
The ADF contribution is substantial including HMA Ships Canberra, Supply and Warramunga, two RAAF P-8A Poseidon aircraft, a submarine, mine warfare and clearance diving capabilities, and a Joint Landing Force led by the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment accompanied by personnel and capabilities from across Australian Army units.
RIMPAC aims to be the premier joint combined maritime exercise and enables Australia to strengthen international partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve readiness for a wide range of potential operations.
This year RIMPAC will feature twenty-six nations, 38 surface ships, four submarines, nine national land forces, more than 170 aircraft and approximately 25,000 personnel.
U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) leads multi national ships in formation during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022.
Royal Australian Navy Ships Canberra, Supply and Warramunga sailed in formation with 37 ships during Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2022 – HMNZS Aotearoa (AOR-11), HMCS Winnipeg (FFG-331), HMCS Vancouver (FFG-338), USS Abraham Lincoln (CV-72), USS Essex (LHD-2), USS Fizgerald (DDG-62), USS Chafee (DDG-90), USS Gridly (DDG-101), USS Sampson (DDG-102), USS William P Lawrence (DDG-110), USS Spruance (DDG-111), USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001), USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), USS Charlo Tte (SSN-766), USS Topeka (SSN-754), USNS Henry J Kaiser (T-AO-187), USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11), USCGC Midgett (WSML-757), USV Nomad, USV Ranger, USV Sea Hawk, USV Sea Hunter, ROSK Marado (LHDS-6112), ROKS MTG (DDG-976), ROKS STG (DDG-991), ROKS SDS (SS-082), BRP Antonio Luna (FFG-151), RSS Intrepid (FFG-69), JS Izumo (DDH-183), JS Takanami (DDG-110), KD Lekir (FSG-26), TNI I GNR (FFGHM-332), ARM Usumacinta (A-412), ARM Juarez (FFG-101), FS Prairal (FF-F731), INS Shivalik (FFG-F48), CNS Lynch (FF-07).