Hosted every two years by the US Pacific Fleet, the last Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) in 2018 brought 47 surface ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 military personnel to Hawaii’s lands and waters. This military exercise is but one of many held around the world but it is one of the largest and it is occurring in the contested Pacific where the current cold war is building. The exercises led by the USA and supported by countries such as Japan, Korea, Philippines and NZ are rehearsing war with China.
There are plans for a RIMPAC exercise in August this year, to be held off the coast of Hawaii.
The Australian Government is still considering whether Australian troops should join the exercises.
IPAN members say – NO WAY!
See some excellent speakers from around the Pacific who contributed to a webinar on Saturday 20th June.
Dr Margie Beavis (Australia), Ann Wright (USA), Maria Hernandez (Guam), Virginia Lacsa Suarez (Philippines), Kawena Phillips (Hawaii), Valerie Morse (NZ).
For more details on the speakers, see
Pacific Peace Network Webinar Bios