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Wikipedia on RIMPAC 2016

In December 2015, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar announced that India would participate in RIMPAC 2016.[35]

In April 2016, China was also invited to RIMPAC 2016 despite the tension in South China Sea.[36]


RIMPAC experiments have included a range of sectors important to international militaries. In RIMPAC 2000, for example, the first of the Strong Angel international humanitarian response demonstrations was held on the Big Island of Hawai’i near Pu’u Pa’a. That series continued with events in the summer of 2004 and again in 2006.

Participants have also conducted exercises in ship-sinking and torpedo usage. They also have tested new naval vessels and technology. For example, in 2004, the United States Navy tested the Australian built HSV-2 Swift, a 321-foot experimental wave-piercing catamaran that draws only 11 feet of water, has a top speed of almost 50 knots, and can transport 605 tons of cargo.

Source: Exercise RIMPAC – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia