HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The world's largest international maritime exercise is underway in Hawaii and it may bring much needed relief to the state's economy.
The Rim of the Pacific exercises or RIMPAC generates around $40-million in both spending and contracts.
It began Monday and runs through August 1st. 14 nations and 20,000 military personnel are taking part in this bi-ennial event, off the shores of Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island.
The goal is to enhance maritime security and promote stability in the Pacific Rim region.
"We do focus on security and stabilizing at sea, we do focus on the challenges of working in a combined environment, we do focus on information sharing and then pitting one capability against the other and how we might work to get there as a team," U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Patrick Walsh said.
This is the 22nd running of the RIMPAC exercises. An Environmental Impact Statement on RIMPAC was finalized two years ago.
The study names nearly 30 measures that the navy needs to follow to minimize impacts on the environment.