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When it comes to security issues in the Asia Pacific, North Korea continues to be a focus. But developments elsewhere in the area are also having an effect on regional strategy—and that includes news from India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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China launched its second aircraft carrier today. The ceremony took place the same week that a publicity campaign involving the country’s first aircraft carrier produced some unexpected results. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Earlier this week, Japan announced plans to send its largest warship on a three month cruise through the disputed waters of the South China Sea and on to the Indian Ocean. According to Reuters, the trip will include exercises with the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea…we have more from Neal Conan in Today’s Pacific News Minute.

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The U.S. Navy's plan to repair leaks at its Red Hill fuel storage facility on Oʻahu has been rejected by state and federal officials. 

A letter from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaiʻi Department of Health found 11 inadequacies in the proposal.  The Navy has been given 30 days to correct problems which range from including more monitoring wells to providing more details in the plan.

The fuel storage complex in Red Hill is located 100-feet above the groundwater aquifer that serves 600-thousand people.

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Flickr / U.S. Pacific Fleet

Starting today, the largest international maritime exercise begins in Hawai‘i. The Rim of the Pacific, also known as RIMPAC, is in its 25th year since the military training exercise begin in 1971. Parts of it involve explosives and underwater sonar -- a point of concern for environmental groups. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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The State signed a renewable energy agreement with Hawai’i’s  largest electricity customer today.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Last Friday, a lieutenant commander and two retired Navy officers were arrested as part of a long running investigation into corruption in the US Seventh Fleet, which has its headquarters in Japan.  The head of a defense contractor named Glenn Defense Marine Asia admits that he bribed dozens of officers with lavish meals, prostitutes and cash, and bilked the Navy of at least thirty five million dollars. We have more, from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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The latest dispute between the United States and China could be a topic of discussion in Hawai‘i this week. The meeting is a regularly-scheduled event focusing on maritime safety, but it follows a potentially dangerous encounter last week in the South China Sea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The U.S. Defense Department says two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane on “routine patrol” last Tuesday.

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Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith / Flickr

The US Navy has agreed to limit its use of sonar and explosive training off the coast of Hawai‘i and Southern California that may harm marine life.

A lawsuit filed in 2013 by environmental group Earthjustice challenged the National Marine Fisheries’ five-year permit for testing. 

Navy: 15 holes found in Red Hill fuel tank

Jun 23, 2014
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Flickr / hihousedems

More defects have been found in the Navy’s Red Hill fuel tank. They could be the source of a leak earlier this year that caused the release of 27,000 gallons of jet fuel.

Navy Finds 3 Small Holes in Red Hill Tank

Jun 12, 2014
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Flickr / hihousedems

It’s been five months since the Navy reported a possible leak of up to 27,000 gallons of jet fuel at their Red Hill facility. Now workers are saying three tiny holes have been found inside the tank…which officials say could be the source of the leak. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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The Navy continues to investigate its underground fuel storage tanks beneath Red Hill in Moanalua.  More than 27,000 gallons of jet fuel remain unaccounted for, raising concerns about the potential contamination of Oahu’s drinking water.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has an update.     

Navy Updates Lawmakers on Red Hill Fuel Leak

Mar 10, 2014
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Flickr / hihousedems

It’s been almost 2 months since a fuel tank sprang a leak at the Navy’s Red Hill facility, resulting in the release of 27,000 gallons of jet fuel. Water samples collected from the area show the water is safe to drink, but it’s still not clear how the leak started and what the long term impacts might be. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Over Navy Sonar Plan

Dec 17, 2013
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Flickr / scott1e2310

There’s been a new development in a long-running controversy involving sonar and marine life. The Navy is set to ramp up testing and training activities off the coast of Hawaii and Southern California. And that’s sparked some legal opposition. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will be in Honolulu later this week. He’s stopping by on his way to Asia. Earlier this week in Washington, Hagel spoke with his Chinese counterpart about improving military ties between the two countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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For the first time in nearly thirty years, a New Zealand navy ship will be docking at a U.S. naval facility. The event is scheduled to take place later this week in the Pacific, and marks a continuing evolution in military relations between the two countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.