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Public Invited to View Visiting RIMPAC Ships and Vessels

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) invites the general public to free, narrated boat tours of the harbor to view visiting Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) ships and vessels on Aug. 3-4.  The tours will be approximately 20-minutes long aboard the Navy’s white boats, and will be departing from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, 1 Arizona Memorial Place.

In this file photo, 42 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations steam in close formation during RIMPAC 2014. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Shannon Renfroe)

In this file photo, 42 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations steam in close formation during RIMPAC 2014. (U.S. Navy/MC1 Shannon Renfroe)

Tours for the general public will be limited to the following schedule, on a first-come, first-served basis (300 guests per tour time). No tickets or reservations required.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 4 at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

No backpacks, fanny packs, luggage, diaper bags, camera bags, purses, large cameras/tripods or other items that provide concealment are allowed in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.  No bag storage is available for these after-hours tours, so please plan accordingly.  Limited photography will be allowed during the tour.

For questions, please contact JBPHH Public Affairs Office at (808) 473-3152 or 473-2924.

Great Green Fleet Arrives at RIMPAC

The USS John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) arrived in Pearl Harbor, June 28-29 to participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.

PEARL HARBOR (June 29, 2016) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) renders honors to the USS Arizona Memorial as the ship prepares to moor at Joint Naval Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)

PEARL HARBOR (June 29, 2016) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) renders honors to the USS Arizona Memorial as the ship prepares to moor at Joint Naval Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)

JCSSG, also known as the Navy’s first Great Green Fleet (GGF) strike group, consists of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 embarked, guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).

“The strike group has accomplished our mission in 7th Fleet, fulfilling a vital role in a region the U.S. Navy has operated in for a century-and-a-half,” said Rear Adm. Marcus A. Hitchcock, JCSSG commander. “I am very proud of our Sailors, and I look forward to watching them excel during the upcoming Rim of the Pacific exercise, when they have the opportunity to operate with maritime professionals from 26 different nations.”

The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships which are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

More than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

PEARL HARBOR (June 29, 2016) The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. John C. Stennis is currently on a Western Pacific deployment and is expected to play a major role in RIMPAC. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman/Released)

PEARL HARBOR (June 29, 2016) The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. John C. Stennis is currently on a Western Pacific deployment and is expected to play a major role in RIMPAC. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman/Released)

RIMPAC began in 1971 and is held every two years. In 2012, the exercise met one of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ five energy goals, to demonstrate a Green Strike Group operating on alternative fuel. U.S. Navy ships and aircraft used 900,000 gallons of a 50-50 blend of renewable diesel and traditional petroleum as a proof of concept.

This year, RIMPAC participating countries will use 11.2 million gallons of a 10 percent alternative fuel blend during the exercise. This is the same fuel used earlier this year by JCSSG, during the first operational deployment of a GGF strike group. The principles behind the GGF initiative direct the use of energy efficiency measures, to include technologies and operational procedures, and alternative fuel in the course of normal operations.

The alternative fuel that will be used during RIMPAC is derived from waste beef fat from the Midwest. Alternative fuels can be made from animal waste oil, algae, or non-food crops. The fuel must be “drop-in,” requiring no modifications to engines or procedures. Having alternative fuel in the supply chain increases operational flexibility by allowing forces to obtain fuel from more sources worldwide.

Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, JCSSG is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment.

North Hawaii Community Hospital to Participate in RIMPAC Exercise

North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) will participate in the world’s largest, multinational, maritime exercise, known as RIMPAC, this Friday, July 11th.

North Hawaii Community Hospital

North Hawaii Community Hospital

More than 22 nations participate in RIMPAC, which takes place in and around the Hawaiian Islands from June 26 to August 1, 2014. This is only the second time in RIMPAC history that US hospitals have participated in the maritime exercise.

“NHCH will participate in the state-wide exercise, working with other agencies and hospitals to test communication and coordination of Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief efforts,” says Jennifer Rabalais, NHCH Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator. In addition, four NHCH employees were chosen, via lottery, to participate in a RIMPAC exercise meant to simulate the evacuation of patients to island hospitals after a hurricane hits the fictitious island nation of Griffon. “The four NHCH employees will fly to Honolulu, where they will be moulaged, the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training Emergency Response Teams and other medical and military personnel, to simulate “injured patients”. After passing through a simulated triage process, the “injured patients” will be transported to NHCH for care via military Blackhawk helicopter.

This year’s RIMPAC exercise is the 24th in the series that began in 1971. Forty-nine surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate. The 22 nations represented include: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“Participating in RIMPAC will provide us with an opportunity to test the hospital’s ability to handle the simultaneous arrival of multiple trauma casualties, says Rabalais.” “The relationships that are forged at RIMPAC span oceans and years,” says Vice Admiral Kenneth E. Floyd, Commander, U.S. Third Fleet; Commander RIMPAC Exercise via Navy Live, the official blog of the United States Navy. He continued, “ask any veteran of RIMPACs past, and they will tell you that what stands out most in their memory is the chance to work alongside sailors of different navies and ships of different nations, improving their skills and building trust so that when we are called upon to respond to a crisis or disaster, we are ready to respond as a team.”

USS Chung Hoon Participating in the 2012 RIMPAC Exercises – The Great Green Fleet

During the 2010 RIMPAC Exercises I had an opportunity to go out to sea on the USS Chung Hoon.

Participating in the 2010 RIMPAC Exercises

This year the USS Chung Hoon is also participating in the RIMPAC Exercises and is part of the “Great Green Fleet” that is using biofuel.

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Navy destroyer USS Chung Hoon doing a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) mission during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. The Chung Hoon took on 200,000 pounds of fuel, a 50/50 mix of its normal diesel fuel and a biofuel component, which consists of algae and reprocessed cooking oil.

The Commanding Officer gave me this coin after we had lunch on the USS Chung Hoon

Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, Discusses the U.S. Navy’s Green Fleet

Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, discusses the U.S. Navy’s green fleet during the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise.

Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus

RIMPAC 2012 is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, including twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel, and provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

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RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul Seeber/Released)

What Was That RIMPAC? It Just Blew Into Kawaihae Harbor on the Big Island

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) from the USS Essex (LHD 2) blows into Kawaihae Harbor as part of the RIMPAC training operations going on in Hawaii. July 17, 2012.

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The Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) is a class of air-cushion vehicle (hovercraft) used as landing craft by the United States Navy’s Assault Craft Units and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). They transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach.