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Record 27 nations set sail for world's largest navy exercises

Published 01/06/2016

This year's Rimpac maritime drills will involve a record 27 nations (MoD/PA)
This year's Rimpac maritime drills will involve a record 27 nations (MoD/PA)

A record 27 nations will participate in the world's largest maritime exercises in the coming weeks.

The figure is an all-time high for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, which began in 1971. The drills are held every two years.

The US Navy's 3rd Fleet will host the exercises in and around Hawaii and Southern California for five weeks from June 30.

Rimpac will feature 45 ships, five submarines and more than 200 aircraft. More than 25,000 personnel will participate.

Brazil, Denmark, Germany and Italy are joining for the first time and China is sending ships to participate for the second time this year.

A Canadian admiral will serve as deputy commander and a Japanese admiral will be vice commander.

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