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International Troops “Invade” the Big Island

July 18, 2012

The sleepy little community of Kawaihae is being “invaded” this week as forces from several different countries took part in various exercises involving various landing craft, a large amphibious assault ship (USS Essex LHD 2), and lots of aircraft. The following photos and videos were taken from Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and by those participating in RIMPAC:

KAWAIHAE PORT, Hawaii – Marine logisticians from Combat Logistics Battalion 3, disembark equipment and supplies from a Navy landing craft air cushion at Kawaihae Port during the schedule of events phase, Rim of the Pacific 2012, July 18. Marine and Navy logisticians disembarked vehicles, equipment and supplies here from amphibious shipping in support of a fire support coordination exercise at the Pohakuloa Training Area. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert W. Bush/Released)

KAWAIHAE PORT, HAWAII (July 18, 2012) – Navy beach masters direct the off load of a Marine high mobility multi-wheeled vehicle at Kawaihae port during the schedule of events phase, Rim of the Pacific 2012, July 18. Marine and Navy logisticians disembarked vehicles, equipment and supplies here from amphibious shipping in support of a fire support coordination exercise at the Pohakuloa Training Area. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert W. Bush/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2012) – Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Krystal Sams assists Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Joseph Leblanc in directing a Landing Craft Ar Cushion (LCAC) 24, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, into the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sandra M. Palumbo/RELEASED)

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2012) Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Krystal Sams of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) guides an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) up the well deck ramp as it returns to tthe ship from operational training during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sandra M. Palumbo/RELEASED)


PACIFIC OCEAN (July 16, 2012) – Landing Craft Ar Cushion (LCAC) 24, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, prepares to enter into the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sandra M. Palumbo/RELEASED)

Oceans Sports tour boat passes by USS Essex (LHD 2) outside Kawaihae Harbor this morning (July 18, 2012)

Helicopter participating in RIMPAC exercises passing over Pu`ukohola Heiau National Historic Site.

A US Navy LCAC passes a couple of young guys fishing at Kawaihae Harbor.

USS Essex LHD 2 sits offshore of Kawaihae.

LCAC

ARM Usumacinta (A-412) (Mexico) heads out of Kawaihae Harbor.

LCAC coming into Kawaihae Harbor.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. hortsolutions permalink
    July 22, 2012 7:30 am

    Wow! Great Pics of the hover crafts and ships! I knew our military had this capability, but never have seen it. Pretty darn cool! Thanks for the post. :)

  2. Ryan Rose permalink
    August 31, 2012 10:54 am

    I’m not gonna lie, I would love to fly / drive any of those things! :D

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