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Chinese Ships Arrive at Pearl Harbor

An American sailor on guard near the Chinese guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on June 24, 2014. CCTV Photo

An American sailor on guard near the Chinese guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on June 24, 2014. CCTV Photo

Two Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships arrived at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Tuesday, according to Chinese press reports.

Guided missile destroyer Haikou (171) and hospital ship Peace Ark arrived at Pearl Harbor ahead of the Thursday kickoff of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 multi-nation exercise.

The Chinese in total will send four ships for the world’s largest exercise — a first for the nation with an emerging blue water capability.

The other two ships — frigate Yueyang (575) and oiler Qiandaohu (886) — are expected to arrive shortly.

China will have a total of 1,100 personnel involved in RIMPAC 2014.

Chinese will participate in range of training to include humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) and gunnery exercises.

It will be the first time the PLAN will participate in the exercise after the U.S. lifted a ban on Chinese participation in 2012.

As part of the Obama administration’s so-called pivot or rebalance to the Pacific, the U.S. has softened stances on working with nations that have national stances that have prevented policy hurdles in the past.

The U.S. has tried to establish closer military-to-military ties with the PLA with the U.S. Navy taking the lead. Naval leaders from both countries have visited each other. In July Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and his wife will visit his Chinese counterpart, Adm. Wu Shengli.

In addition to China, New Zealand is a full participant in the exercise for the first time since then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted a 1985 ban on New Zealand ships visiting U.S. naval installations.

A Kiwi ban on visits from nuclear powered or nuclear-armed ships prompted the U.S. policy, which has improved since 2010.

New Zealand participated in the 2012 exercise but their ships were denied access to Pearl Harbor and were moored at a civilian port.

RIMPAC will include 50 ships, 200 aircraft and more than 25,000 military personnel from 23 nations. The exercises will run until August.

  • atraveller13

    Why are we “softening our stance” with the PRC while at the same time having to build and occupy new facilities in the Philippines as a direct result of the outrageous claims the Chinese are making on the South & East China Seas and their resources as well as airspace? China continues to antagonize all of the maritime nations in the region with its claims. Joint exercises with them are the answer to this? The “pivot” is BECAUSE of China in the first place!
    And some wonder why Obama has great comic value but absolutely no credibility in the global arena.

    • RJ Chesnut Jr.

      Our “Intelligence gathering” capabilities will probe their “Signatures” of
      radar & telemetry communications, It’s a Win-win for Our side.

      • DocFarb

        What’s to stop the Chinese from “probing our signatures” at the same time? Why would we want to demonstrate to our adversaries ( and likely future enemies) our tactics, equipment, and strategic thought processes? The Obama Administration seems to think that by engaging the Chinese we will convince them of our honorable intentions and ensure maintenance of the peace. More naivete from this failed administration.

        • DocFarb

          BTW that Chinese DDG in the photo looks awfully like a derivative of the Arleigh Burke class doesn’t it. Wonder where they laid their hands on the blueprints, or better yet, who stole and/or sold them to them?

    • Dan

      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

  • RJ Chesnut Jr.

    When New Zealand lifts their ban on our Nuclear Carriers visiting their ports,
    NZ should be kept out of Pearl Harbor. Quid pro quo .

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