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Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2022

RIMPAC Exercise 2022- Relevance for UPSC Exam

RIMPAC Exercise 2022: Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2022 is being conducted under the leadership of USA. RIMPAC Exercise 2022 is important for UPSC Mains GS Paper 2 (International Relations- Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests) and GS Paper 3 (Security- Security challenges and their management in border areas).

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RIMPAC Exercise 2022 in News

  • Indian Navy’s indigenous Frigate INS Satpura and P8I LRMRASW aircraft are at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii taking part in one of the largest multilateral Naval Exercises, the Rim of the Pacific exercise, also known as RIMPAC.

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RIMPAC Exercise 2022

  • Background: The RIMPAC started in 1971 as an annual exercise by the US, Australia, and Canada.
    • However, from 1974, maritime exercise became a biennial event.
  • About: RIMPAC Exercise 2022 spans over six weeks of intense operations and training aimed at enhancing interoperability and building trust among Navies of friendly foreign countries.
    • Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise is the world’s largest international maritime exercise.
  • Location: Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2022 is being conducted around the Hawaiian Islands and southern California.
  • Host Country: USA hosts the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise.
  • RIMPAC 2022 Theme: The theme of RIMPAC 2022 is ‘capable, adaptive, partners’.
  • Mandate: The RIMPAC exercises serve as an opportunity for the United States to put on a show of multilateral cooperation, or collective action, against a more assertive China.
  • Participation: 28 countries, 38 warships, 09 land forces, 31 unmanned systems, 170 aircraft and over 25,000 personnel are participating in the multi-dimensional exercise RIMPAC 2022.
  • Frequency: Rim of Pacific (RIMPAC-22) is conducted biennially. RIMPAC-2022 is the 28th edition of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise.
    • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, RIMPAC was an on-sea only exercise in 2020.


RIMPAC Exercise 2022- Key Events

  • This year’s RIMPAC exercise program will include-
    • Gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air defense exercises, as well as
    • Amphibious, counterpiracy, mine clearance, explosive ordnance disposal, diving, and salvage operations.
  • Additionally, the RIMPAC 2022 exercise will also introduce space and cyber operations for all partner nations.


China’s Participation in RIMPAC Exercise

  • China took part in RIMPAC for the first time in 2014 and again in 2016 during the Obama administration.
  • However, in May 2018 during the Trump administration, the Pentagon rescinded an invitation to China to participate in RIMPAC that year.
    • USA cited Beijing’s rapid militarization of the South China Sea, where it has overlapping territorial claims with smaller Asian countries.


India’s Participation in RIMPAC Exercise

  • As Observer: India participated in RIMPAC exercise in 2006, 2010 and 2012 editions as an observer nation.
  • As Full Member: In 2014, for the first time India participated in the multi-lateral Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise.
    • Shivalik class stealth frigate INS Sahyadri took part in the RIMPAC 2014 exercise.
  • In the RIMPAC 2022 edition, the Frigate INS Satpura and P8I LRMRASW aircraft are taking part from Indian side.

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