RIMPAC official kicks offUPDATED 7:49 PM HST Jun 30, 2014Video Transcript
From the skies to the sea now... All sorts of military might and cooperation on display--- in and around Hawaii's waters these days. The Rim of the Pacific Exercises are officially underway as of today.. KITV4's Ashley Moser shows some new additions getting attention today in Pearl Harbor. Twenty two nations, 47 ships, six submariners and more than 200 aircraft all participating in the world's largest maritime exercises right here in Hawaii. Brunei and China -- the two new countries joining in this year. Harris 46:16 "I FOR ONE AM PLEASED THAT CHINA IS HERE. AND I THINK IT SPEAKS A LOT TO CHINA, THE UNITED STATES AND ALL THE 20 OTHER COUNTIES THAT WE ARE ALL HERE TOGETHER IN TO DO THIS EXERCISE." 46:26 The new countries bring a new level of international media coverage... With that -- new questions about the relationship between China and the other nations. Japan 50:05 nat of Japanese representative Japan 50:22 "PARTICIPATION OF CHINA AND THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE MILITARY POWER LIKE A BIG NATION LIKE CHINA WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE STABILITY PEACE AND SAFETY OF THE REGION." 50:34 China 50:57 nat of Chinese representative China 51:44 "ENHANCE COMMUNICATIONS AND DEEPEN CORPORATIONS BETWEEN CHINA AND ALL PARTICIPATING NATIONS." 51:50 For the next month -- 25,000 personnel will call the Pacific Ocean home. Something Pacific Fleet leaders say will help strengthen relationships between countries preparing us for future disasters. Harris 47:08 "THESE EVENTS HELP US OPERATE TOGETHER WHEN THOSE CRISIS ARISE THAT WE MIGHT FIND OURSELVES IN CLOSE COORDINATION." 47:16 Along with the ships -- two hospital boats will be out at sea. The Mercy from San Diego and the Peace Ark from China participating in a mass casualty drill. Harris 41:03 "BY SIMPLY ATTENDING RIMPAC, EVERY NATION HERE IS MAKING THE BOLD STATEMENT THAT WE MUST IMPROVE MULTINATIONAL MILITARY COOPERATION DESPITE DISAGREEMENTS." 41:13 Ashley Moser -- KITV 4 News. The exercises will run until August first ending with a closing ceremony on the USS Ronald Reagan.