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RIMPAC 2012

I just came back from the largest naval exercise in the world and unlike the movie Battleship there was no aliens that attacked. The whole exercise is around the Hawaiian Islands and is a month long building up to the final week of the event where we have a big "battle". Although we did fire some 5in. rounds off and Harpoon and SM2 missiles it wasn't at another ship or at least one that had people in it. We also spent 2 port visits, about 10 days total, in Pearl Harbor on Ohau. Which was really heaven on earth I really wouldn't mind living there. I was gone from home for about 2 1/2 months and was good to come back. Here are some pics from the trip.

At the driving Range
In port Pearl Harbor
Replenishment At Sea with the Nimitz
Pulling into Port in Hawaii
Battleship Missouri 
Aviation Museum on Ford Island
on Ford Island
firing the Harpoon 
hiking in Hawaii

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