Exercise RIMPAC

RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, is the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise. RIMPAC is held biennially during June and July of even-numbered years from Honolulu, Hawaii. It is hosted and administered by the United States Navy's Indo-Pacific Command, headquartered at Pearl Harbor, in conjunction with the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and Hawaii National Guard forces under the control of the Governor of Hawaii. The US invites military forces from the Pacific Rim and beyond to participate. With RIMPAC the United States Indo-Pacific Command seeks to enhance interoperability among Pacific Rim armed forces, as a means of promoting stability in the region to the benefit of all participating nations. It is described by the US Navy as a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.[1]

Exercise RIMPAC 2014
Map Legend        Host Nation      2014 Active      2014 Observers      Past Active      Past Observers
HeadquartersPearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S
TypeMilitary exercises


The USS Abraham Lincoln carrier battle group along with ships from Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, and South Korea during RIMPAC 2000.

The first RIMPAC, held in 1971, involved forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US). Australia, Canada, and the US have participated in every RIMPAC since then. Other regular participants are Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. The Royal New Zealand Navy was frequently involved until the 1985 ANZUS nuclear ships dispute, but has taken part in recent RIMPACs such as in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Several observer nations are usually invited, including China, Ecuador, India, Mexico, the Philippines, and Russia, who became an active participant for the first time in 2012.[2] While not contributing any ships, observer nations are involved in RIMPAC at the strategic level and use the opportunity to prepare for possible full participation in the future.

The United States contingent has included an aircraft carrier strike group, submarines, up to a hundred aircraft and 20,000 Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and their respective officers. The size of the exercises varies from year to year.


RIMPAC 2004 included 40 ships, seven submarines, 100 aircraft, and nearly 18,000 military personnel from seven navies, including Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Chile, and the United Kingdom.[3][4][5][6] It focused on multinational training while building trust and cooperation among the participating naval partners. Rear Admiral Patrick M. Walsh, Commander Carrier Group Seven, served as Multinational Task Force Commander[7] aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis.


US Navy 100724-N-5684M-823 USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the Pacific Ocean with ships assigned to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 combined task force as part of a photo exercise north of Hawaii
US Navy 100719-N-7042V-107 Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Livingston Harrison, foreground, U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Joe Spence and Columbian navy Lt. Cmdr. Anibal Limbo stand watch in Sea Combat Control a
Sea Combat Control (19 July 2010)

On 23 June 2010, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Patrick M. Walsh and Combined Task Force commander Vice Admiral Richard W. Hunt announced the official start of the month-long 2010 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise during a press conference held in Lockwood Hall at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. RIMPAC 2010 was the 22nd exercise in the series that originated in 1971.[8] The exercise was designed to increase the operational and tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide array of maritime operations by enhancing military-to-military relations and interoperability.[9] Thirty-two ships, five submarines, over 170 aircraft, and 20,000 personnel participated in RIMPAC 2010, the world's largest multi-national maritime exercise.[10]

RIMPAC 2010 brought together units and personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States. During the exercise, participating countries conducted gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air defense exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boarding, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations, and an amphibious landing. RIMPAC 2010 will also emphasize littoral operations with ships like the U.S. littoral combat ship Freedom, the French frigate Prairial, and the Singaporean Formidable-class frigate RSS Supreme.[8]

On 28 June 2010, the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan arrived in Pearl Harbor to participate in RIMPAC 2010. Ronald Reagan was the only aircraft carrier to participate in this exercise. During the in-port phase of RIMPAC, officers and crew of the 14 participating navies interact in receptions, meetings, and athletic events.[11] Ronald Reagan completed its Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA) exercises prior to RIMPAC 2010.[11]

During 6–7 July 2010, 32 naval vessels and five submarines from seven nations departed Pearl Harbor to participate in Phase II of RIMPAC 2010. This phase included live fire gunnery and missile exercises; maritime interdiction and vessel boardings; and anti-surface warfare, undersea warfare, naval maneuvers and air defense exercises. Participants also collaborated in explosive ordnance disposal; diving and salvage operations; mine clearance operations; and amphibious operations.[12] Phase III involved scenario-driven exercises designed to further strengthen maritime skills and capabilities.[12]

During RIMPAC 2010, over 40 naval personnel from Singapore, Japan, Australia, Chile, Peru, and Colombia managed combat exercises while serving aboard Ronald Reagan (pictured). This involved managing anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare for Carrier Strike Group Seven and the entire RIMPAC force, including the use of radar, charts, and high-tech devices to monitor, chart, and communicate with other ships and submarines. Tactical action officers from the different countries coordinated the overall operational picture and provided direction and administration to the enlisted personnel involved in the Sea Combat Control (SCC) activities.[13] Also, Ronald Reagan conducted a live Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launch, firing at a simulated target, the first since 2007.[10][11]

On 30 July 2010, RIMPAC 2010 concluded with a press conference held at Merry Point Landing on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.[9] A reception for over 1,500 participants, distinguished visitors and special guests was held in the hangar bays of the carrier Ronald Reagan.[10]

During RIMPAC 2010, participating countries conducted three sinking exercises (SINKEX) involving 140 discrete live-fire events that included 30 surface-to-air engagements, 40 air-to-air missile engagements, 12 surface-to-surface engagements, 76 laser-guided bombs, and more than 1,000 rounds of naval gunfire from 20 surface combatant warships.[9] Units flew more than 3100 air sorties, completed numerous maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations and mine clearance operations and 10 major experiments, with the major one being the U.S. Marine Corps Enhanced Company Operations experiment.[9] Ground forces from five countries completed five amphibious landings, including nine helicopter-borne amphibious landings and 560 troops from ship-to-shore mission. In all, 960 different training events were scheduled and 96 percent were completed in all areas of the Hawaiian operations area, encompassing Kāneʻohe Bay, Bellows Air Force Station, the Pacific Missile Range Facility, and the Pohakuloa Training Area.[9]


RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series and started on 29 June 2012. 42 ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other elements of Carrier Strike Group 11, six submarines,[14] 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel from 22 nations took part in Hawaii. The exercise involved surface combatants from the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, South Korea and Chile.[15] The US Navy demonstrated its 'Great Green Fleet' of biofuel-driven vessels for which it purchased 450,000 gallons of biofuel, the largest single purchase of biofuel in history at a cost of $12m.[16] On 17 July, USNS Henry J. Kaiser delivered 900,000 gallons of biofuel and traditional petroleum-based fuel to Nimitz's Carrier Strike Group 11.[17]

The exercises included units or personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.[18][19] Russia participated actively for the first time,[2] as did the Philippines, reportedly due to the escalating tensions with the People's Republic of China over ownership of Scarborough Shoal.[20]

RIMPAC 2012 marked the debut of the U.S. Navy's new P-8A Poseidon land-based anti-submarine patrol aircraft, with two P-8As participating in 24 RIMPAC exercise scenarios as part of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VX-1) based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay.[21]


Multinational task force in the 24th biennial Rim of the Pacific
Multinational task force in RIMPAC 2014.

RIMPAC 2014 was the 24th exercise in the series and took place from 26 June to 1 August, with an opening reception on 26 June and closing reception 1 August.[1]

For the first time, the Royal Norwegian Navy actively participated in the exercise. Norway sent one Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate and possibly Norwegian marine special forces.[28] China was also invited to send ships from their People's Liberation Army Navy; marking not only the first time China participated in a RIMPAC exercise, but also the first time China participated in a large-scale United States-led naval drill.[29] On 9 June 2014, China confirmed it would be sending four ships to the exercise, a destroyer, frigate, supply ship, and hospital ship.[30][31]

The year's RIMPAC participants were Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Tonga, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[32] Thailand was uninvited from the exercise following a 22 May military coup. Thailand's absence means that 22 nations participated in RIMPAC instead of the 23 that had been advertised.[33] The exercise involved 55 vessels, more than 200 aircraft, and some 25,000 personnel.[22][34]


India participated in RIMPAC 2016.[37]

In April 2016, the People's Republic of China was also invited to RIMPAC 2016 despite the tension in South China Sea.[38]


On 23 May 2018, the Pentagon announced that it had "disinvited" China because of recent militarization of islands in the South China Sea, after China had announced in January that it had been invited.[39] The PRC has previously attended RIMPAC 2014 & 2016.

On 30 May 2018, the US Navy announced that the following navies would take part in the exercise;

In this edition of RIMPAC, the Chilean Navy was responsible for leading the naval exercise, being the first non-English-speaking Navy to carry out this task. The election of Chile as leader of the Task Groups is a recognition of the high performance achieved in recent editions and the quality of its personnel, which since its first participation in 1996 has been demonstrating its preparation and professionalism. This appointment also places this country in a leadership position in the Latin American and world level in the planning and execution of combined naval operations.[40]

Israel, Vietnam and Sri Lanka will be making their debut in RIMPAC. Brazil was due to make its debut too, but cancelled its participation for the second time.[41] The exercise will also include a live firing of the LRASM anti-ship missile for the first time.


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 (98 m) experimental wave-piercing catamaran that draws only 11 feet (3.4 m) of water, has a top speed of almost 50 knots (93 km/h; 58 mph), and can transport 605 tons of cargo.

3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines - RIMPAC 2004

Marines from Kaneohe Bay conducting an amphibious landing in RIMPAC 2004.

Periscope Depth

USS Key West at periscope depth, RIMPAC 2004

Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector lands on the shore

Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector lands on the shore after disembarking USS Rushmore with heavy equipment during a Marine Corps Advanced Warfighting Experiment during RIMPAC 2014. The prototype is a ship-to-shore connector and is 50% scale.

Marines experiment with military robotics RIMPAC 2014

Legged Squad Support System (LS3) walks around the Kahuku Training Area during RIMPAC 2014. The LS3 is experimental technology being tested by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab.

Marines follow Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) RIMPAC 2014

Marines follow a Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS), experimental technology being tested by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab during RIMPAC 2014 at Kahuku Training Area.

42 ships & subs from 15 nations in close formation during RIMPAC 2014

Forty-two ships & submarines from 15 nations steam in close formation during RIMPAC 2014

USS Ronald Reagan in 42 ship & sub fleet at RIMPAC 2014

USS Ronald Reagan steams in close formation as one of forty-two ships & submarines representing 15 nations during RIMPAC 2014. In the background is JDS Ise

In popular culture

  • RIMPAC 2012 was the main setting of the 2012 film Battleship.[42]
  • The IMAX documentary film Aircraft Carrier: Guardians of the Sea covers RIMPAC 2014.


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RIMPAC 2004 Participating Ships[3]
 Royal Australian Navy HMAS Newcastle
HMAS Parramatta
HMAS Success
 Canadian Forces Maritime Command HMCS Algonquin
HMCS Regina
HMCS Protecteur
HMCS Brandon
 Chilean Navy Almirante Lynch
 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JDS Haruna
JDS Amagiri (Asagiri class)
JDS Inazuma (Murasame class)
JDS Asakaze (Tachikaze class)
 Republic of Korea Navy ROKS Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin
ROKS Eulji Mundeok (KD-I class)
 United States Navy USS John C. Stennis
USS Lake Champlain
USS Howard
USS Ford
USNS Rainier
USS Tarawa
USS Rushmore
USS Dubuque
USS Lake Erie
USS Paul Hamilton
USS O'Kane
Cape Girardeau (C-5-S-75a class)
USS Chosin
USNS Walter S. Diehl
USS Avenger
USS Defender
HSV-2 Swift
USNS Victorious
USNS Effective
USS John Paul Jones
RIMPAC 2004 Participating Submarines[4]
 Royal Australian Navy HMAS Rankin
 Chilean Navy Simpson (Type 209)
 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JDS Narushio (Oyashio class)
 Republic of Korea Navy ROKS Chang Bogo
 United States Navy USS Olympia
USS Key West
USS Louisville
RIMPAC 2004 Participating Aircraft[5]
 Royal Australian Navy S70 B
 Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion
 Canadian Forces Air Command CH 124
 Chilean Navy SH32 Cougar
 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C
 Republic of Korea Navy Lynx
 Royal Air Force Nimrod
 United States Navy F-14 Tomcat
F-18C Hornet
EA-6B Prowler
E2-C Hawkeye
C-130 Hercules
P-3C Orion
S-3B Viking
SH-60 Seahawk
CH-46 Sea Knight
F-18E Super Hornet
KC-135R Tanker
CH-53D Sea Stallion
C-2A Greyhound
RIMPAC 2012 Participating Vessels[14]
 Royal Australian Navy HMAS Darwin
HMAS Farncomb
HMAS Perth
 Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Algonquin
HMCS Ottawa
HMCS Victoria
HMCS Yellowknife
 Chilean Navy Almirante Lynch
 French Navy Prairial
 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JDS Myōkō
JDS Shirane
JDS Uraga
 Mexican Navy ARM Usumacinta
 Royal New Zealand Navy HMNZS Endeavour
 Republic of Korea Navy ROKS Choe Yeong
ROKS Na Daeyong
ROKS Yulgok Yi I
 Republic of Singapore Navy RSS Formidable
 Russian Navy Admiral Panteleyev
Fotiy Krylov
 United States Navy and Coast Guard Warships:
USS Chafee
USS Charlotte
USS Cheyenne
USS Chosin
USS Chung-Hoon
USS Crommelin
USS Essex
USS Gary
USS Higgins
USS Lake Erie
USS Nimitz
USS North Carolina
USS Paul Hamilton
USS Port Royal
USS Princeton
USS Reuben James
USS Stockdale
USCGC Bertholf
Auxiliary ships:
USNS Henry J. Kaiser
USNS Matthew Perry
USNS Salvor
USNS Yukon
RIMPAC 2014 Participating Forces[22]
 Royal Australian Navy HMAS Success
HMAS Sheean[23]
Learjet 35
MRH-90 Taipan

Diving detachment
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit
Land forces

 Royal Brunei Navy KDB Darulaman
KDB Darussalam
 Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Calgary
HMCS Victoria[24]
Diving detachments
 Royal Canadian Air Force 1 CC-130T Hercules
1 CC-150T Polaris
6 CF-18 Hornet
3 CP-140 Aurora
 Chilean Navy Blanco Encalada (M class)
SH-32 Cougar
 Colombian National Navy Almirante Padilla (Almirante Padilla class)
AS555 (Fennec 2)
 French Navy Prairial
Alouette (Light Utility Helicopter)
 Indian Navy INS Sahyadri
Alouette (Light Utility Helicopter)
 Indonesian Navy KRI Banda Aceh (Makassar class)
Land forces
 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JDS Kirishima
P-3C Orion
SH-60K Seahawk
Diving detachment
Land forces
 Royal Malaysian Navy Infantry platoon
 Mexican Navy ARM Revolution (Oaxaca class)
AS565 Panther
Land forces
 Royal Netherlands Navy Component staff personnel
 Royal New Zealand Navy HMNZS Canterbury
SH-2G Sea Sprite
Mine counter measure detachment
Land forces
Operational dive team
 Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion
 Royal Norwegian Navy HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen
 People's Liberation Army Navy Haikou
Yueyang (Type 054A)
Qiandaohu (Type 903)
Peace Ark (Type 920)
Z-8 Changhe
Z-9 Harbin
Dive unit
Type 815 Dongdiao-class intelligence collection vessel Beijixing, uninvited external observer.[25]
 Peruvian Navy Component staff personnel
 Republic of Korea Navy ROKS Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong (Sejong the Great class)
ROKS Wang Geon (Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin class)
ROKS Lee Sunsin (Chang Bogo class)[26]
P-3C Orion
Super Lynx Mk.99
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit
Land Forces
 Philippine Navy Component staff personnel
 Republic of Singapore Navy RSS Intrepid (Formidable class)
S-70B Seahawk
 Tongan Maritime Force Infantry platoon
 Royal Navy Component staff personnel
 United States Navy USS Cape St. George

USS Chafee
USS Chosin
USS Gary
USS Independence
USS Lake Champlain
USS Michael Murphy
USS Peleliu
USS Port Royal
USS Rodney M. Davis
USS Ronald Reagan
USS Rushmore
USS Sampson
USS Spruance
USNS Henry J. Kaiser
USNS John Ericsson
USNS Mercy
USNS Navajo
USNS Rainier
USNS Salvor
USCGC Waesche
3 submarines
AH-1W Super Cobra
AH-64D Apache
B-52H Stratofortress
C-17 Globemaster III
C-2A Greyhound
CH-47F Chinook
CH-53 Sea Stallion
E-2C Hawkeye
E-3B/C Sentry
EA-6B Prowler
F/A-18C/D/E/F Hornet/Super Hornet
EA-18G Growler
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-15E Strike Eagle
F-22 Raptor
HC-130 King
HH-60L/MH-60M Blackhawk
KC-135R Stratotanker
Learjet 35
Hawker Hunter

MH-60R/S Seahawk
MH-53D/E Super Stallion
MQ-9 Predator
OH-58D Kiowa
P-8A Poseidon
P-3C Orion
UH-1Y Venom
UH-60 Blackhawk
Explosive Ordnance Mobile Units
Mobile Dive Salvage Units
Command, ground & logistic combat elements

RIMPAC 2014 Observers
 Bangladesh Navy
 Brazilian Navy
 Royal Danish Navy
 German Navy
 Marina Militare
 Papua New Guinea Maritime Element
RIMPAC 2014 Southern California Operation Area
 Royal Australian Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon
Mine Counter Measure Dive Platoons
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Detachment
 Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Nanaimo
HMCS Whitehorse
(Whitehorse was withdrawn by the Canadian Forces for misconduct)[27]
Diving Element
 Chilean Navy Counter Mine Unit
 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Mine Counter Measure Dive Platoon
 Royal Netherlands Navy Diving Team
 Royal New Zealand Navy Mine Counter Measure Dive Platoon
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Detachment
 Peruvian Navy Diving Detachment
 Royal Navy Maritime Ordnance Disposal Unit
 United States Navy USS Anchorage
USS Champion
USS Coronado
USNS Montford Point
USS Scout
Mobile Dive Salvage Units
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Units
Mine Counter Measure Dive Units
Marine Mammal Systems
RIMPAC 2016 Participating Forces[35]
 Royal Australian Navy HMAS Ballarat
HMAS Canberra
HMAS Warramunga
3 Lockheed AP-3C Orion
1 Learjet 35
1 MH-60R Seahawk
5 MRH-90 Taipan
1 S-70B Seahawk
Ground forces
 Royal Brunei Navy Staff
 Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Calgary
HMCS Vancouver
 Royal Canadian Air Force 1 CC-130J Super Hercules
3 CP-140 Aurora
1 KCC-130T Hercules
8 CF-18 Hornet
 Chilean Navy Almirante Cochrane
Helicopter Cougar SH-32
 People's Liberation Army Navy Changdao
Peace Ark
 Colombian National Navy Staff
 Royal Danish Navy Staff
 French Navy Prairial
 German Navy Ground forces (Seebataillon und Reservisten des Dezernates Marineschifffahrtleitung)[36]
 Indian Navy INS Satpura
 Indonesian Navy KRI Diponegoro
Ground forces
 Marina Militare Staff and Ground forces
 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JDS Chōkai
JDS Hyūga
2 P-3C Orion
 Royal Malaysian Navy Ground forces
 Mexican Navy Staff
 Royal Netherlands Navy Ground forces
 Royal New Zealand Navy HMNZS Te Kaha
2 P-3K2 Orion
1 SH-2G (I) Seasprite
Ground forces
 Royal Norwegian Navy Ground forces
 Peruvian Navy Ground forces
 Philippine Navy Staff
 Republic of Singapore Navy RSS Steadfast
 Republic of Korea Navy ROKS Kang Gam Chan
ROKS Sejong the Great
ROKS Lee Eokgi
1 P-3C Orion
Ground forces
 Royal Thai Navy Staff
 Tongan Maritime Force Ground forces
 Royal Navy Staff
 United States Navy USS America
USS Chung-Hoon
USS Coronado
USS Howard
USS John C. Stennis
USS Mobile Bay
USS Pinckney
USS Princeton
USS San Diego
USS Shoup
USS Stockdale
USS William P. Lawrence
USNS Henry J. Kaiser
USNS Navajo
USNS Rainier
USNS Rappahannock
USNS Safeguard
USNS Washington Chambers
USCGC Stratton
4 submarines
2 B-52H Stratofortress
2 E-3B/C Sentry
2 KC-130 Hercules
3 KC-135R Stratotanker
1 MC-130J Commando II
8 RQ-7Bv2 Shadow
8 F-16 Fighting Falcon
4 F-22 Raptor
10 F/A-18 Super Hornet
3 AH-1W SuperCobra
1 CH-47F Chinook
4 CH-53E Super Stallion
1 HH-60M Pave Hawk
6 MV-22B Osprey
1 OAH-64D Apache
2 UH-1Y Venom
1 UH-60M Black Hawk
Ground forces
RIMPAC 2016 Southern California Operation Area[35]
 Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Saskatoon
HMCS Yellowknife
 Mexican Navy ARM Usumacinta
 United States Navy USS Champion
USS Freedom
USS Pearl Harbor
RIMPAC 2018 Participating Forces[35]
 Royal Australian Navy HMAS Adelaide
HMAS Toowoomba
HMAS Melbourne
HMAS Rankin
HMAS Success
 Royal Australian Air Force RAAF P-8A Poseidon
 Royal Brunei Navy Staff
 Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Vancouver
HMCS Ottawa
HMCS Yellowknife
HMCS Whitehorse
MV Asterix
 Royal Canadian Air Force 1 CP-140 maritime patrol aircraft
 Chilean Navy Almirante Lynch
Ground forces
 Colombian National Navy Staff
 French Navy Prairial
 German Navy Ground forces & staff
 Indian Navy INS Sahyadri
 Indonesian Navy KRI Makassar
KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata
 Israeli Navy Staff
 Marina Militare Staff and ground forces
 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JS Ise
 Royal Malaysian Navy KD Lekiu
 Mexican Navy ARM Usumacinta
 Royal Netherlands Navy Staff
 Royal New Zealand Navy HMNZS Te Mana
2 P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft
1 SH-2G (I) Seasprite
Ground forces & staff
 Peruvian Navy BAP Ferré
 Philippine Navy BRP Davao del Sur
BRP Andrés Bonifacio
 Republic of Singapore Navy RSS Tenacious
 Republic of Korea Navy ROKS Dae Jo-Yeong
ROKS Yulgok Yi I
ROKS Park Wi
 Sri Lanka Navy Ground forces
 Royal Thai Navy Staff
 Tongan Maritime Force Staff
 Royal Navy Staff
 United States Navy USS Carl Vinson
USS Bonhomme Richard
USS John P. Murtha
USS Harpers Ferry
USS Lake Erie
USS Lake Champlain
USS Dewey
USS William P. Lawrence
USS Halsey
USS Momsen
USS O'Kane
USS Preble
USS Sterett
USS Ardent
USS Hawaii
USS Olympia
USCGC Bertholf
USNS Rappahannock
USNS Henry J. Kaiser
USNS Charles Drew
USNS Carl Brashear
USNS Mercy
USNS Sioux
HOS Mystique
 Vietnam People's Navy Staff


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