|World's largest maritime exercises start in Hawaii|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
HONOLULU — More than one month of naval maneuvers involving the militaries of 22 nations kicked off in Hawaii on Thursday. For the first time, China has sent vessels to participate in the Rim of the Pacific drills that the U.S. Pacific Fleet hosts every two years.
Thailand was initially among 23 nations expected to send units to Hawaii for the world’s largest maritime exercises. But it’s no longer doing so after its military orchestrated a coup last month. The Obama administration suspended various assistance and military exercises after a junta took power on May 22.
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