26 na­tions, 47 sur­face ships, five sub­marines, 18 na­tional land forces, and over 200 air­craft and 25,000 per­son­nel par­tic­i­pated in the rimPAC from June 27 to Au­gust 2, 2018, in the hawai­ian is­lands and south­ern Cal­i­for­nia

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26 na­tions, 47 sur­face ships, five sub­marines, 18 na­tional land forces, and over 200 air­craft and 25,000 per­son­nel par­tic­i­pated in the RIMPAC from June 27 to Au­gust 2, 2018, in the Hawai­ian Is­lands and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

rIMPAC THE WORLD’S LARgesT mar­itime war­fare ex­er­cise is held bi­en­ni­ally dur­ing June and July of even-num­bered year un­der the aegis of the Us navy Pa­cific Com­mand from Honolulu, Hawaii. rimPAC is held in and around the hawai­ian is­lands and south­ern Cal­i­for­nia. it is hosted and ad­min­is­tered by the United States Navy’s Pa­cific Fleet, head­quar­tered at Pearl har­bour. rimPAC pro­vides a unique train­ing op­por­tu­nity that helps par­tic­i­pants foster and sus­tain co­op­er­a­tive re­la­tion­ships that are crit­i­cal to en­sur­ing the safety of sea lanes and se­cu­rity on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is its 26th edi­tion and is founded on theme “Ca­pa­ble, Adap­tive, Part­nersÓ.

Twenty-six na­tions, 47 sur­face ships, five sub­marines, 18 na­tional land forces, and over 200 air­craft and 25,000 per­son­nel par­tic­i­pated in the rimPAC held from June 27 to Au­gust 2, 2018. Par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tions and forces ex­er­cised a wide range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties and demon­strated the in­her­ent flex­i­bil­ity of mar­itime forces. These ca­pa­bil­i­ties range from dis­as­ter relief and mar­itime se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions to sea con­trol and com­plex warfight­ing. The rel­e­vant, re­al­is­tic train­ing pro­gramme in­cluded am­phibi­ous op­er­a­tions, gun­nery, mis­sile, anti-sub­ma­rine and air de­fence ex­er­cises, as well as anti-piracy op­er­a­tions, mine clear­ance op­er­a­tions, ex­plo­sive ord­nance dis­posal, and div­ing and sal­vage op­er­a­tions.

This was the first time that Brazil, is­rael, sri lanka and viet­nam par­tic­i­pated in RIMPAC. In ad­di­tion for the first time New Zealand was as­signed the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of sea Com­bat Com­man­der and Chile as Com­bined force mar­itime Com­po­nent Com­man­der. This was the first time a non-found­ing rimPAC na­tion (Chile) was as­signed the vi­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity of Com­po­nent Com­man­der. rimPAC 2018 wit­nessed some unique fea­tures such as live fir­ing of a long range sur­face to Air mis­sile from a Us Air force air­craft, sur­face-to-ship mis­siles by the Ja­pan Ground self-De­fence force, and a naval strike mis­sile from a launcher on the back of a Pal­letized load Sys­tem by the US Army. This was the first time that a land-based unit par­tic­i­pated in the live fir­ing se­rial dur­ing RIMPAC. RIMPAC 2018 also in­cluded in­ter­na­tional band en­gage­ments and high­lighted fleet in­no­va­tion dur­ing an in­no­va­tion fair.

Hosted by Com­man­der, US Pa­cific Fleet, rimPAC 2018 was led by Com­man­der, Us 3rd fleet, vice Ad­mi­ral John D. Alexander, who served as Com­bined Task force (CTf) Com­man­der. rear Ad­mi­ral Bob Auchter­lonie, royal Cana­dian navy served as CTf Deputy Com­man­der, and rear Adm. hideyuki oban, Ja­pan mar­itime self­De­fence force as CTf vice Com­man­der. fleet marine force was led by Us marine Corps Bri­gadier Gen­eral mark hashimoto.

In­dian Navy in RIMPAC

The par­tic­i­pa­tion of in­dian navy in rimPAC ini­tially be­gan as an ob­server for the 2006, 2010 and 2012 editions of the ex­er­cise. ins Sahyadri was the first ship to be de­ployed in 2014, the 24th edi­tion of the ex­er­cise. Two years later ins sat­pura took part in 2016, the 25th edi­tion of rimPAC. in­dian Navy’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in RIMPAC 2018 is seen as a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in its ef­forts to­wards strength­en­ing mu­tual con­fi­dence among navies of the re­gion and is ex­pected to fur­ther bol­ster In­dia’s con­tri­bu­tion in en­sur­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in the in­doPa­cific Re­gion.

ins sahyadri was ad­judged run­ner-up in in­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing har­bour phase of rimPAC 2018. The ship pre­sented the Ôidea of in­te­grat­ing yoga into daily life as tech­nol­ogy for well-be­ing dur­ing ex­tended de­ploy­ments for ships’.

For the first time In­dian Navy’s P8I long-range mar­itime re­con­nais­sance and Anti-sub­ma­rine War­fare air­craft was de­puted to hawaii for par­tic­i­pat­ing in RIMPAC 2018 and has flown so far east into the Pa­cific. It is the first In­dian Navy air­craft to cross the in­ter­na­tional Date line, un­der­tak­ing the long­est ferry of nearly 3,300 nm from Guam to hawaii and the first In­dian Navy air­craft to par­tic­i­pate in rimPAC and un­der­taken tac­ti­cal ex­er­cises in­clud­ing anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare and mar­itime re­con­nais­sance mis­sions along with par­tic­i­pat­ing for­eign naval ships, sub­marines and air­craft to hone the in­ter­op­er­abil­ity skills.


The third ship of the Land­ing Craft Util­ity (LCU) Mk-IV project was com­mis­sioned into the In­dian Navy on April 25 by Vice Ad­mi­ral Bi­mal Verma, C-in-C A&N Com­mand. LCU MK-IV is an am­phibi­ous ship with a dis­place­ment of 830 tonnes and is ca­pa­ble of trans­port­ing com­bat equip­ment such as MBT Ar­jun, T72 and other ar­moured ve­hi­cles.


Larsen & Toubro has de­vel­oped a pro­to­type launcher for the BrahMos (PJ-10) su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile. It is de­signed to be fit­ted onto In­dian Navy war­ships. The com­pany re­cently de­liv­ered the Quadru­ple Canis­terised In­clined Launcher to BrahMos Aero­space. The launcher could al­low up to eight mis­siles to be launched si­mul­ta­ne­ously. The mis­sile sys­tem can be in­stalled on frigates, corvettes, off­shore pa­trol ves­sels and other types of ves­sels to at­tack sea and land-based targets.


The joint ven­ture (JV) of L&T and MBDA is of­fer­ing to the In­dian NavyÕs Sur­face Plat­formsÑ the Short Range Sur­face to Air Mis­sile (SRSAM) and the Medium Range Anti-Ship Mis­sile Sys­temÑ both of which are be­ing of­fered un­der the Buy and Make (In­dian) Cat­e­gory.


Pak­istanÕs mil­i­tary said that it has con­ducted a suc­cess­ful test of an en­hanced ver­sion of the lo­cally-de­vel­oped Babur cruise mis­sile. The Babur Weapon Sys­tem-1 Òcan strike targets both at land and sea with high ac­cu­racy, at a range of 700 km. It is a low fly­ing, ter­rain-hug­ging mis­sile, which also car­ries cer­tain stealth fea­tures and is ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing var­i­ous types of war­heads.Ó


The un­manned drone-like ves­sels were tested in for­ma­tion and demon­strated their po­ten­tial for mil­i­tary use in the sea near Zhuhai, Guang­dong Prov­ince, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the com­pany. The boats re­port­edly avoided is­lands and reefs, crossed bridges and tun­nels, turned and changed their for­ma­tion.


Two of Chi­naÕs new­est-gen­er­a­tion guided mis­sile destroyers - Type 055 - have been launched mark­ing Chi­naÕs fourth such launch of Type 055 destroyers. Ex­perts say the Peo­pleÕs Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) needs to com­mis­sion at least 10. Type 055 is China’s first home-grown 10,000-ton class mis­sile de­stroyer. Type 055 has mul­ti­ple roles to play in the fu­ture of the PLA Navy, in­clud­ing air­craft car­rier es­cort, the­ater mis­sile de­fense and sea-to-ground at­tack. They are also likely be armed with an elec­tro­mag­netic rail­gun.


China’s first sub­ma­rine unit us­ing airinde­pen­dent propul­sion (AIP) tech­nol­ogy re­cently broke a num­ber of records set by the Chi­nese Navy like the long­est sail­ing dis­tance, max­i­mum sub­mer­gence depth etc. Mil­i­tary com­men­ta­tor Zhang Haix­iong dis­closed that sub­marines equipped with AIP tech­nol­ogy pro­long op­er­a­tion du­ra­tion un­der­wa­ter to about two or three weeks, in­di­cat­ing the in­creas­ing stealth of the sub­marines. He added that AIP sub­marines, with higher com­bat ef­fec­tive­ness, are sec­ond only to nu­clear sub­marines.

(Top) Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cers of dif­fer­ent Navies on­board JMSDF JS Ise; US Navy, In­dian Navy, and Royal Aus­tralian Air Force P-8 Po­sei­don air­craft at the ex­er­cise; (above) Divers of par­tic­i­pat­ing Navies car­ry­ing our wreck div­ing; In­ter­na­tional ships par­tic­i­pat­ing in the RIMPAC at Joint Base Pearl Har­bor-Hickam.

PHO­TO­GRAPHS: In­dian Navy, US Navy

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