Every two years, the Commander of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) holds a multinational maritime exercise around the Hawaiian Islands. This year marks the 24th time the exercise, called RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific), has been held, with the first being held in 1971.
RIMPAC 2014 is scheduled from June 26 to August 1 and contains 49 surface ships, 6 submarines, more than 200 aircraft and around 25,000 personnel from 22 nations (15 nations are represented in the picture.)
Units from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating. Aside from the training taking place, there’s also the opportunity for quite a few amazing photographs and videos to be taken as the ships and submarines gather in close formation.