U.S. Begins Scaled-Down ‘Rim of the Pacific,’ World’s Largest Naval Exercise | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

U.S. Begins Scaled-Down ‘Rim of the Pacific,’ World’s Largest Naval Exercise

The United States began its biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise off Hawaii on Monday, although the event was heavily scaled-down because of restrictions pertaining to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The biennial event, which is typically the world’s largest naval exercise, will run from August 17 to 31, but will feature only around a third of the expected countries and a fifth of the usual personnel. However, U.S. 3rd Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Scott Conn insisted in a pre-recorded RIMPAC 2020 kickoff message that the exercise would still meet its goal of building “interoperability and trust” among Pacific military allies.

“Originally, RIMPAC 2020 had planned to include up to 30 countries, more than 50 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel – 4,000 of those ashore for operations and support functions. That would have been the largest RIMPAC to date,” Conn said in the video. “We have scaled that down to 10 nations, 22 ships, one submarine, and approximately 5,300 personnel, all at sea.”

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