Rim of the Pacific

In 2022, approximately 1600 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel join 26 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 June to August 2022, Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is a biennial international military exercise hosted by the Commander of the United States Pacific Fleet.

The ADF contribution is substantial including ships HMAS Canberra, HMAS Supply and HMAS Warramunga, 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.

In 2022 RIMPAC will feature 26 nations, 38 surface ships, 4 submarines, 9 national land forces, more than 170 aircraft and approximately 25,000 personnel.