Special Operations Forces (SOF) operators from United States, Republic of Korea, Republic of the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Peru, and Japan participated in a submarine insertion training at sea off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii on July 9 as part of RIMPAC 2018.
“The main purpose of RIMPAC is to bring countries together and build partnerships,” said Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) commanding officer US Navy Commander John C. Roussakies.
“Developing that interoperability is important because it’s a big ocean out there, and we cannot do the job ourselves,” Commander Roussakies added.
A total of 30 multinational SOF operators were transported by USS Hawaii, using a reconfigured torpedo room, to a debarkation point off the coast of Oahu.
“It sounds like it should be easy, but it’s a lot of work,” said Roussakies. “It took five to six sailors to carry each raft onto the sub, and the vessel will be ‘rocking and rolling’ on the surface.”
The US Navy said SOF operators used the submarine’s lockout chamber to exit the submarine, inflate rigid hull inflatable boats, and make an amphibious landing.