Ships in RIMPAC 2020
A submarine leads multinational warships in a group sail off Hawaii during the last RIMPAC in 2020. Navy photo

The Navy announced Friday that final planning has been completed for the giant biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise this summer.

Forces from 27 nations are scheduled to participate in RIMPAC 2022 — the largest naval exercise in the world.

The exercise will involve 41 ships, 4 submarines, more than 170 aircraft, and nearly 25,000 personnel.

“All of the hard work and dedication preparing for execution will ensure the 28th RIMPAC showcases our ability to operate as capable, adaptive partners,” said Vice Adm. Steve Koehler, commander of the San Diego-based U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Coordinator of this year’s exercise will be Royal Australian Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Dobson, who described the level of teamwork among allied partners as “fantastic, ensuring   that this exercise will be executed safely and professionally.”

RIMPAC began in 1971 and was held annually until 1974, when it became a biennial exercise due to its large scale. The founding nations are the United States, Australia, and Canada.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.