Destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers will take part in the massive exercise known at the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).
War drills, missiles launches, anti-submarine tactics, anti-piracy policy and disaster relief will all be drilled by the US-led fleet.
RIMPAC 2018 will the the sixth edition of the international war games since 2004.
Hawaii will act as the base for the drill which starts today and runs until August 2.
It comes amid ongoing tensions between the West and China – who had its invitation revoked due to an ongoing feud with the US. The US Navy shows off it’s epic fleet to the world WARSHIPS: Vessels from 26 different nations are taking part in RIMPAC BEACH LANDING: Hovercrafts stage a beach invasion during a previous RIMPAC Nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Carl Vinson will be one of the lead vessels for the US Navy in the drill.
The warship weighs 101,300 tons and carries up to 90 warplanes and helicopters.
And famously it is the ship Osama bin Laden’s body was taken to after he was killed.
The spot on the deck where his body was placed before being dumped at sea is marked with red paint. Explosion during Pearl Harbour Australia will be sending helicopter landing craft HMAS Adelaide, which weighs in at 27,500 tons.
It can carry up to 18 helicopters and also store up to 110 tanks and military vehicles in its hold.
South Korea will also be sending three vessels, including 4,500 ton destroyer Dae Jo Yeong.
Britain is not believed to be sending any Royal Navy vessels, but the UK is still listed as a participant in RIMPAC. WAR GAMES: Submarines and warships will take part in the drills from June to August WARPLANES: 200 aircraft will take part in the drills based around Hawaii The full list of RIMPAC nations sending forces to the war drills is as follows:
Australia, Brazil, Britain, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga,, US and Vietnam.
US Navy chiefs hailed the drills as the allies “finest hour” – and hailed involvement of old enemies like Germany, Vietnam and Japan.China’s lack of involvement however will come as a sour note as tensions rage over the South China Sea.And war chiefs in Beijing will be watching RIMPAC very closely as the allies spend the next month readying for battle.China and the US have been at loggerheads for the past few years as the Communist giants claims ownership of the disputed sea.Beijing has been packing the region with warships and weapons – including constructing massive military bases.US vessels often sail through the region as they try to invoke “freedom of navigation” through the South China Sea.Tensions nears breaking point this year as US warships were involved in an clash with Chinese forces .US Rear Admiral Brian Fort said: “We are welcoming visiting ships and participants from 26 nations who are bringing 25,000 personnel to Hawaii – to […]