RIMPAC and Sino-US relations
This month, Chinese PLA Navy joins RIMPAC.
RIMPAC 2014 and the Future of Sino-U.S. Military-to-Military Relations
In June 2014, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will for the first time join the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) — the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. According to the U.S. Pacific Fleet websitearound 25,000 personnel from 23 nations, along with 49 surface ships, 6 submarines, and more than 200 aircraft will participate. The PLAN has dispatched the missile destroyer Haikou, the missile frigate Yueyang, the supply shipQiandaohu and the hospital ship Peace Ark — all in all more than 1,100 men, including a commando unit and a diving squad — towards Hawaii. According to open source intelligence the Haikou — a Type 052C destroyer – is equipped with a modern naval weapons system based on the American Aegis Combat System (ACS).
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