U.S. Marines Fire HIMARS During One of World's Biggest Training Exercises

Footage shows U.S. Marines firing a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System - or HIMARS - during one of the world's biggest military training exercises.

It can be seen being loaded with ordnance before maneuvering to a different location along with other HIMARS vehicles.

It's then seen deploying its weaponry and repeatedly firing at unseen, mock targets, with the missiles letting off a plume of smoke as they are fired high into the sky.

Marines use HIMARS during RIMPAC exercise
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Juan del Haro, a Texas native, and artillery cannoneer with the 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, guide a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) at Pōhakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, on July 18, 2022. Approximately 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to August 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. U.S. Navy/Zenger

The footage was obtained from the U.S. Navy on Saturday along with a statement saying that the footage was filmed at the Pohakiloa Training Area in Hawaii on July 18.

The statement also said: "U.S. Marines with 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, fire High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, July 18, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022.

"HIMARS have the capability to fire at a target up to 300 Kilometers [186 miles] away with up to 1 Meter [3 feet] accuracy and presents itself as a strategic fires asset to Marine artillery. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, three submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

U.S. Marines participate in RIMPACT
U.S. Marines with the 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, fire a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) at Pōhakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, on July 18, 2022. Approximately 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to August 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. U.S. Navy/Zenger

"The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971."

RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise) 2022 is currently taking place in the Pacific Ocean. It is the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise and this year involves the U.S. and 25 allied countries, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, and the United Kingdom.

The first RIMPAC took place in 1971 and involved military forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S.

In the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, which passed the House on September 23, 2021, and was signed into law by U.S. President Joe Biden on December 27, 2021, both houses of the U.S. had called for Taiwan to participate in RIMPAC 2022 in the face of "increasingly coercive and aggressive behavior" from China.

HIMARS has been in the news lately for its use in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war and has been touted as a "game changer" in the conflict that began February 24. The U.S. has sent 16 in total to Ukraine, four of which arrived Monday, according to an announcement from Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine's defense minister.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.