Pearl Harbor will play host to the Rim of the Pacific Exercises from June 29-August 3, 2012. This is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, conducted by a collaboration of several nations around the world, including Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India and Indonesia.
Their goal? To prepare and train for all eventuality in aquatic combat.
Who will participate in RIMPAC?
Twenty-two nations, 42 ships, six submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in RIMPAC at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii this year.
Pearl Harbor: The hub of the Pacific
Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan has already arrived at Pearl Harbor. It’s docked next to and dwarfs the USS Battleship Missouri, last US battleship ever made. This attests to the true size of the Aircraft Carrier as it is no easy feat to upstage an 887 foot battleship with nine 16 inch guns. Side by side they remind us of how close the history of WWII is and the on-going efforts to keep from repeating the same mistakes.
Military presence in Pearl Harbor has always been pivotal to the United States defense strategy. Hawaii acts as the gateway to the western hemisphere from the Eastern. Over the years this region of the world has played a vital role in the course of international affairs. The Harbor sits in a bay of calm shallow water protected by reef and natural land barriers. The convenient ocean access mixed with the immediate proximity of the Honolulu International Airport make the Harbor a very important military asset.
Recent emphasis in the balance of power in the Pacific has stirred a lot of interest amongst the many nations. These nations intend on collaborating efforts to improve communications and techniques for effective international cooperation. Here’s a list of some of the training exercises:
- Amphibious operations
- air defense
- mine clearance
- explosive ordinance disposal
- diving and salvage
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Pearl Harbor in the past
Pearl Harbor served as a strategic military location during the World War II for both the Empire of Japan and the United States military. On December 7, 1941, Japanese aircraft launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, one of the most devastating attacks that the American military ever experienced. This was the beginning of the Second World War for America.
However, if it weren’t for the US Navy’s ability to repair the sunken and damaged ships at nearby repair stations, America may never have succeed in getting back on its feet after the attack. After all, the closest repair stations for damaged battleships was over 2,000 miles away in California.
Take our Pearl Harbor tour to visit the USS Missouri and all the historical WWII sites that are available at the Harbor.