The annual exercise is in its 32nd iteration and involves 13,000 military personnel countries, including Japan and South Korea, as well as observers from China and, for the first time, Myanmar.
For 10 days, these forces will conduct a variety of field exercises, from amphibious assaults and jungle warfare to humanitarian and civic assistance projects.
Leading the exercises are more than 1,000 Marines and sailors from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, part of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet.
Many of these servicemen and women will play a major role in America’s new “Asia pivot” defense strategy, which calls for the strengthening of U.S. military power in the region.
Source: Ed Kiernan for NBC News