U.S. hosts 22 nations in Hawaii for naval training
Exercises show America's new focus on Pacific
by Audrey McAvoy - Jun. 29, 2012 11:26 PM
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - About 25,000 sailors and other military personnel from 22 nations are converging on Hawaii in the world's largest naval exercises to practice hunting for submarines and catching pirates.
The U.S. Pacific Fleet is hosting the Rim of the Pacific exercises, which started Friday. The exercises take place every two years in Hawaii and surrounding waters.
Countries from Japan to Tonga and Russia to Chile are sending 42 surface ships, six submarines and 200 aircraft to participate in the series of drills, which takes place over the next five weeks.
Participants will train to clear mines, dispose of explosives and go to the aid of civilians in natural disasters, among other drills.
Adm. Cecil Haney, Pacific Fleet commander, said the drills help different nations prepare for emergencies.