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New missile testing site dedicated

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Posted: Monday, August 29, 2011 11:45 pm

MANA — Dignitaries on Monday dedicated the site of a new missile testing complex that is expected to be up and running within the next couple years at the Pacific Missile Range Facility.

“There are people in the world who would harm and kill us,” U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye said. “We are not testing to kill, but to defend. ... I pray the product of testing will not be used, but will be a deterrent for those who would harm us.”

The Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex will be built on two locations at the Westside base as a test and evaluation center in the development of the Phased Adaptive Approach’s second phase.

President Barrack Obama in September 2009 said the plan is to provide flexible, adaptable ballistic missile defense for the nation’s deployed troops, friends and allies, a PMRF news release states.

Dignitaries participating in the event included Inouye; Capt. Nicholas Mongillo, PMRF commander; Rear Admiral Dixon Smith, commander of Navy Region Hawai‘i and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific; and Rear Admiral Joseph Horn, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program executive.

Horn, in congratulating PMRF for being a first-rate range and being considered the “Jewel of the Pacific,” said Aegis Ashore, simply put, is cutting the deckhouse off a ship and moving it on land.

He alluded to Rear Admiral Wayne Meyer, regarded as the “Father of Aegis,” who often said, “Build a little, test a little and learn a lot.”

Tom Clements, PMRF public affairs officer, and Ralph Scott, public affairs for the Missile Defense Agency, said a contractor should be selected by the end of 2011 and the test complex should be ready some time in 2013.

Following initial certification, the AAMDTC will remain at PMRF as a Missile Defense Agency test asset and will be operated by the Missile Defense Agency, the PMRF release states.

The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, named after the legendary shield of Zeus, is deployed on 81 serving naval ships around the globe with more than 25 additional Aegis-equipped ships planned or under contract, states an article on the Defense Industry Daily website.

Smith said there are six naval Aegis-equipped ships home-ported at Pearl Harbor on O‘ahu.

The sea-based element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System under development by the Missile Defense Agency integrates with submarines, surface ships as well as the U.S. Army and Air Force.

Smith said there are plans to install the BMDS in Romania in 2015 and in Poland in 2018, those systems having gone through testing at PMRF.

The test complex at PMRF is critical to the development of the Aegis Ashore capability, the PMRF release states. The complex is essential for verifying requirements and validating design capability.

Deployment of Aegis Ashore to Europe will greatly enhance coverage of defense of Europe as part of the overall BMDS, officials said.

Tracing the history of the U.S. Navy on Kaua‘i, Smith said the Navy has a deep respect for the history of the island with a face to the future.

“Barking Sands has been on the edge of history since it became a runway in 1921,” Smith said. “In 1941, the Navy expanded it to become an airstrip and in 1956, the first missile launch started the legacy of testing.”

Shielded from the sun by tent canopies, kupuna Aletha Kaohi melded the Hawaiian culture and her background of growing up “just a couple of ridges down” into a solemn ceremony.

Kaohi said the landscape of Hawai‘i changed after the landing of Capt. James Cook and people are still arriving.

“If we are to be one with unity, we need to bridge the differences,” Kaohi said. “There is a need to be pono for balance.”

In calling to the “one god by many different names (from the different cultures),” the ancestral spirits, Kaohi offered thanksgiving to honor and respect.

An umeke or ipu, bowl or calabash, a dried gourd painted in a style unique to West Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, would be the ho‘okupu to the contractor when selected. 

Kaohi said the gourd had the shape of Kaua‘i and the paintings showed a clear melding of PMRF into the landscape of Kaua‘i, the cover representing the sky, the gourd contents before being removed, the cosmos with its countless stars.

“The umeke will be the container of mana, or spirit,” Kaohi said. “Look to within and get rid of the ‘opala, or rubbish.”

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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  • posted at 8:18 pm on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.


    [quote]kauaibuilt said: "some of the missiles deploy out of missile silos in the ground at barking sands. PMRF is a place where the missiles are most definitely deployed...Got it?we arent in danger, but places on the mainland are, mainly the westcoast."[/quote]

    Wrong Kauaibuilt, the missiles launched from barking sands are drones to be shot down by ships deploying the aegis missile system, the events are tracked and analyses at Barking Sands.
    GOT IT?
    And yes the Aegis missile system is intended to be deployed on land someday but only for smaller theater of operations such as the Middle East, not for missiles fired from China or North Korea all the way across the Pacific, plenty of ships deploying Aegis between here and there that can shoot down those missiles.
    Do a little research before you post such blather folks.

  • kauaibuilt posted at 1:54 pm on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.

    kauaibuilt Posts: 49

    [quote]noticky nowashy said: "It's a missile that can only be used to shoot down another missile that is fired at us.The missile will only be operational on Navy ships.PMRF is a test and training range, it's not even a place where the missiles will be deployed defensively.Kauai is in no way a target any more than any other civilian city is a target.Got it?"[/quote]

    some of the missiles deploy out of missile silos in the ground at barking sands. PMRF is a place where the missiles are most definitely deployed...Got it?
    we arent in danger, but places on the mainland are, mainly the westcoast.

  • Happy Accident posted at 1:41 pm on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.

    Happy Accident Posts: 473

    Isn't this some of the greatly needed federal spending to expand jobs and provide more cash flow to the economy? It will also help protect us from rogue states like North Korea which are fiercely developing nuclear missiles. How can one argue against purely defensive armament? To think North Korea would drop its weapons if we dropped ours is naïve and out of touch with reality.

  • numilalocal55 posted at 10:05 am on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.

    numilalocal55 Posts: 286

    If other aggressive folks could 'get it' that war and agression are not the ways to solve our planet's issues, perhaps we wouldn't need to expend the resources to keep ourselves safe. Teddy Roosevelt said "walk softly and carry a big stick." I add "and be prepared to use it when necessary." Refer to the Dalai Lama's comments about the late Mr. Bin Laden. Bring it down to individual lives: I do have the right to protect myself and my ohana and the human species, among many other qualities, does have the capacity to be both warlike and loving. I always hope that our hearts will someday overrule our drive to always have more.

  • truth posted at 7:58 am on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.

    truth Posts: 301

    "You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can't bomb it into peace" - Michael Franti

    "Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong?"
    - Chris Berry

    Shame on this "Hawaiian Kupuna"

  • Big John posted at 7:42 am on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.

    Big John Posts: 2

    I totally agree with kealeahana, What a waste of tax payer dollars. This system is being tested to go on land, it is already on ships. The goal is to spread our military technology and power through out the globe. Hawaii has been the US military fortress in the Pacific for 100 years. The growth is unending. We were and are a logical target while on this path. How about funding for schools, hospitals and true areas of need. The beneficiaries of this enormous spending are the "Military Industrial Complex". Very frustrating. We seem to have lost our compass as a nation. God Bless Kauai. Big John

  • posted at 7:16 am on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.


    It's a missile that can only be used to shoot down another missile that is fired at us.
    The missile will only be operational on Navy ships.
    PMRF is a test and training range, it's not even a place where the missiles will be deployed defensively.
    Kauai is in no way a target any more than any other civilian city is a target.
    Got it?

  • kealiahana posted at 1:45 am on Tue, Aug 30, 2011.

    kealiahana Posts: 289

    Just what we need. More weapons. Inouyoe wake up. This is a cycle. Get to the root of the problem why people want to harm others. They get US the , the US get them. Will never end. Why don't you take the testing to some other parts of the world. Having it here on our island is creating a bulls eye. WAKE UP Inouye. Ever wondered why the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor? Not because they dislike Hawai'i it is what was in the Harbor.


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