• It is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise
  • Held biennially
  • RIMPAC = Rim of the Pacific
  • Host : USA near Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • India is participating in RIMPAC 2018
  • India became a member in 2012
  • Why in news?
    • United States had withdrawn invitation to Chinese navy to participate in 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) maritime exercise.
    • The withdrawal was in response China’s continued illegal militarisation of islands in disputed South China Sea.

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