Twenty-five-thousand personnel from 25 countries around the Pacific are taking part in the 26th iteration of the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific exercise, which runs from June 27 to August 2.

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China has been invited to attend the Rim of the Pacific exercise in Hawaii next year, the Navy said, despite multiple reports this month of China harassing U.S. military planes over Pacific waters.

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The monthlong Rim of the Pacific 2016 maritime exercises have wrapped up in Hawaii with a number of firsts, and impacts near and far.

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Editor’s Note: This article by Brendan McGarry originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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