The roar of two F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets signaled the start of an assault on Kaneohe’s Pyramid Rock Beach. A multinational coalition was about to launch an amphibious landing in the fictional nation of Griffon. Their objective was to retake an airfield that had been captured by hostile forces in the wake of a natural disaster.
This week several members of the 25 nation coalition participated in a naval gunnery exercise off the coast of Oahu as part of the 2018 Rim of the Pacific. The Conversation’s Ryan Finnerty joined the crew of the USS Lake Erie as they went through live fire training.