Most folks know that Hawaii has a huge military presence, with over 40,000 members of the military and many of their families residing in the islands.
Hawaii also, from time to time, hosts many visiting military, but never more than what is currently taking place in the waters off of the main Hawaiian Islands.
Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 with 42 ships and over 25,000 personnel from 22 different nations is a six week long exercise involving naval and surface combatants.
Part of the naval exercises will consist of the sinking of at least 3 decommissioned vessels, allowing the naval vessels and their crews to gain proficiency in tactics, targeting and live firing.
The principal US ship involved in the exercise is the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and her strike force. There are, however, many other ships involved and my good friend and top Hawaii Island blogger, Damon Tucker, of Damon Tucker: Hawaii News and Information was able to experience first-hand part of the exercises which, unexpectedly, turned out to involve a real crisis situation.
Read about Damon's personal experience on the USS Essex in his blog entry.
For anyone planning a visit to Hawaii Island, the Big Island, you'll want to bookmark Damon's blog and follow it closely for the latest news about the island.