7 new states, including Russia, involved in RIMPAC 2012

From June 29 to August 3, 2012, in Hawaii takes place Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), one of the largest international multi-national maritime exercises, which mainly aims to increase participants’ ability to work together. According to U.S. Navy officials, to the exercises hosted and coordinated by the Pacific Fleet Navy are involved ships of many countries that mention Canada, India, Australia, France, Russia, Japan, Britain, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Norway and course, the United States. Specifically, this joint operation includes 22 nations, 40 ships, six submarines and 200 aircraft that meet usually patrol over the Pacific Ocean. Human resources involved in organizing and conducting exercise approaching 25,000 people.
According to the statement of Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, Julian Barnard, this exercise is an important training opportunity and is designed to improve cooperation in maritime tactical operations and to achieve common agreed objectives. Along with naval operations, thousands of military troops of participating crews will carry out with the U.S. Navy Coastal land exercises aimed at improving the capacity of discharge of non-combatants in conflict zones. RIMPAC has been expanded this year to include seven new countries, including Russia, who became an active participant for the first time in 2012 and which is present with four warships. However, not all countries in the region were invited to participate, the more noticeable absences were China and Pakistan. Moreover, the Indian Telegraph journalists have expressed fears that this exercise could create tensions between China and India (Indian delegation includes a senior officer who will occupy the command staff of RIMPAC 2012) despite the exchange of information and military technology between the two countries.

RIMPAC was initiated in 1971 as an annual exercise that brought together the forces of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and from 1974 is held every two years. With RIMPAC the United States Pacific Command seeks to enhance interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces, as a means of promoting stability in the region to the benefit of all participating nations.

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