Timelapse: Watch as ships get underway from Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC 2016

The U.S. Navy has shared a time lapse video of ships getting underway from Pearl Harbor earlier this week for the sea phase of the international Rim of the Pacific exercise 2016.

From submarines through destroyers to large aircraft carriers, Naval Station Pearl Harbor tug operators show how it’s done.

This year’s edition of the world’s largest maritime exercise is attended by a record number of 26 countries and some 40+ ships.

RIMPAC 2016 has welcomed Germany, Denmark, and Italy for the first time ever. Brazil was expected to become the fourth newcomer but “unforeseen scheduling commitments” prevented the South American country from participating.

To sum it up, twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

The theme of RIMPAC 2016 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.” The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting.

The training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises, as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.

This year’s exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.


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