From the skies to the sea, all sorts of military might and cooperation are on display in and around Hawaii's waters.
The Rim of the Pacific Exercises, involving 22 nations, are officially underway as of Monday.
Located in Pearl Harbor, 47 ships, six submariners, and more than 200 aircraft, are participating in the world's largest maritime exercises.
Two countries have joined the exercises, Brunei and China, this year.
“I for one am pleased that China is here,” said Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. “I think it speaks a lot to China, the U.S, and all the 20 other countries, that we are all here together in to do this exercise.”
The new countries bring a new level of international media coverage, along with new questions about the relationship between China and the other nations.
“Enhance communications and deepen corporations between China and all participating nations,” China Adm. Zhao Xiaogang said.
About 25,000 personnel will call the Pacific Ocean home for the next month.
“Participation of China and the improvement of the military power like a big nation, like China will contribute to the stability peace and safety of the region,” Japan Adm. Yasuki Nakahata said.
Pacific Fleet leaders said the training will help strengthen relationships between countries in preparing for future disasters.
“These events operate together when those crisis arise that we might find ourselves in close coordination,” said Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Along with the ships, two hospital boats will be out at sea, including The Mercy from San Diego and the Peace Ark from China, to allow a mass casualty drill.
“By simply attending RIMPAC, every nation here is making the bold statement that we must improve multinational cooperation despite disagreements,” Harris said.
The exercises will run until Aug. 1, and will include a closing ceremony on the USS Ronald Reagan.