Here Are the 50 Plus Ships That Participated in the Navy’s Pacific Wargames
The highlight of the American-led Rim of the Pacific exercises (other than the ones that involve sinking vessels) is the international parade of ships. Held at the conclusion of each RIMPAC, the parade is a sweeping view of ships from 25 nations across the Pacific Rim. This year more than 50 naval vessels participate in the exercise, including 46 surface ships and five submarines.
First held in 1971, RIMPAC happens every two years off the Hawaiian islands. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th iteration of the exercises. Each year it gets a little bit bigger, although at this point the naval exercises may be limited by the sheer number of ships Pearl Harbor can accommodate. This year’s RIMPAC parade was led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. At 1,092 feet long and 100,000 tons, Vinson really ties the fleet together.
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