International Military Exercise

HONOLULU (AP) - Military personnel from 14 nations plan to participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, exercise this summer.

From June 23 through Aug. 1, the U.S. Pacific Fleet will host the exercise involving 20,000 personnel, 34 surface ships, five submarines and more than 100 aircraft.

U.S. military official said Monday that RIMPAC demonstrates a commitment to working with partners in guarding the sea lanes, protecting national interests abroad and ensuring freedom of navigation as a basis for global peace and prosperity.

The exercise includes units or personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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