- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Military forces from 26 nations are gathering in Hawaii this month for the world’s largest maritime exercises.

The Rim of the Pacific drills are drawing together 45 ships, 200 aircraft and more than 25,000 people.

Troops will practice skills including clearing mines, hunting for submarines and delivering amphibious forces ashore.

Japan and South Korea are each bringing ground forces and two destroyers. Australia is bringing two frigates, an amphibious assault ship, multiple helicopters and ground troops.

The exercises are held every other year.

China is participating for the second time. It is bringing several vessels, including a hospital ship. U.S. law limits the scope of U.S. military drills with China to areas like search and rescue and humanitarian and disaster relief.

The exercises last through Aug. 4.

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