US Navy will host RIMPAC exercises but keep sailors at sea

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, maneuver to secure a notional enemy position during a live-fire training event as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise on July 13, 2018, at Pohakuloa Training Area. (U.S. Marine Corps. Photo by Lance Cpl. Adam Montera/Special to West Hawaii Today)

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today Marines disembark a landing craft Friday at Kawaihae Harbor for RIMPAC.

A Navy sailor guides a LCAC onto the sand at Kawaihae Harbor as part of RIMPAC in 2018. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Marines land at Kawaihae Harbor aboard a Navy landing craft for RIMPAC in 2018. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy said Wednesday it will host the world’s largest maritime exercises in Hawaii again this year, but the drills will only be held at sea because of the coronavirus.