Written by Edward White | Photography by Dallas Nagata White
A few weeks ago, Dallas and I discovered that RIMPAC was holding an amphibious insertion, much like the one she took photos of in 2010. Remembering the experience from two years ago, Dallas asked to participate in hopes of seeing all these nations work together again.
For those of you who don’t know, RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, and is held every two years in Honolulu, Hawaii. The official exercise mission statement is to “improve interoperability between Pacific Rim Armed Forces,” which is Mil-Speak for “help everyone work better together.”
After we arrived at the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe, the public affairs team promptly drove us to the insertion site. Unlike last year, the weather was relatively clear, and we were greeted with a scenic view of pyramid rock with the USS Essex Amphibious Assault Ship preparing to deploy its payload in the distance.