Rim of the Pacific, one of the biggest military exercises, is over. Running from the end of June until yesterday, August 4, this year's RIMPAC gathered 25,000 sailors, airmen, and marines, 45 ships, five submarines, and over 200 aircraft from 27 different countries, including four first time attendees.
Conducted on the waters off Hawaii and off the coast of southern California, the sheer breadth of hardware and the nations involved guarantee some amazing photographs. After perusing a few thousand images, we've picked some of our very favorites – it's a hard life, we know – and put them together into a gallery of 21 images, all focused on the ships, vehicles, and aircraft of this year's exercises.
While the shots are overwhelmingly focused on US forces – they're the hosts and biggest attendees, after all – scrolling through the gallery will give you a look at hardware from the People's Republic of China, Australia, New Zealand, and some of the other 20-plus countries on hand as the carry out wargames in the Pacific. The entire gallery is up top, so enjoy a scroll through.