4 July 2012: TE KAHA sailors warm up for RIMPAC
By LT ED FULKER, BWK, TE KAHA
The sail from the Cook Islands to Honolulu during late June in was uneventful in the most, with a crossing the line ceremony being the highlight as all those who have never crossed the equator get initiated in the long held tradition in front of “King Neptune” (invariably CPOWTR Bart Couprie). TE KAHA got as much training benefit as it could, as we were in company with HMAS DARWIN and HMNZS ENDEAVOUR and it was our last chance to practice our interoperability before hitting Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.
We have been alongside Aloha Towers in the Port of Honolulu for a week now. The Ship's Company have had the opportunity to go on a day’s Adventurous Training, including snorkelling, mountain biking, kayaking and hiking. The photo attached is members of TEK's Ship's Company before embarking on a bike ride around the North Shore; a hot day which was demanding but really satisfying.
Everyone has been making the most of the hospitality, weather and beaches of beautiful Hawaii!
The opening ceremony for RIMPAC 12 was on 29 June and the “shore phase” is now underway; focussing on exercise briefings for Command and the Principal Warfare Officers on how the biggest military exercise in the World operates! For the majority of us it is a chance, with END, to relax and complete our final preparations for the coming 22 days at sea.