- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - The Latest on the Rim of the Pacific military exercises (all times local):


1 p.m.

U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift says he wants all 26 nations participating in military exercises in Hawaii to leave better prepared to respond to humanitarian crises.

Swift says he also wants participants to better understand what the best practices are for using maritime power to increase security and stability in a given region.

The admiral spoke during a news conference Tuesday at the beginning of the Rim of the Pacific military drills that will last through early August. The exercises will include 45 ships, 200 aircraft and more than 25,000 people.

Swift was responding to a question about his expectations for China. He says he didn’t have specific expectations for China, and instead shared his expectations for all participants.

The exercises are held every other year.


This story has been corrected to say Swift referred to increasing security and stability in a given region, not the region.


3 a.m.

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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