RIMPAC action explodes online

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are Navy battles online, and we're not talking about video games.

Up until recently, most of the RIMPAC military exercises were mainly for military eyes.

But social media has changed that.

The simulated combat drama is now just a mouse click away.

From YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, the Navy is showing off explosive RIMPAC scenes to the world.

Flexing its firepower, the USS Chosin launches missiles and unloads its big guns, hammering the decommissioned New Orleans until it sinks to its watery grave.

And all the action from the largest marine exercise in the world is right before you.

YouTube is RIMPAC's latest tool in its arsenal of social media.

It's not the first time search and seizures like this have been posted on the web.

"We were told there were x amount of people onboard and there was a stowaway," said Petty Officer 3rd Class, Matt Hunter of the U.S. Navy.

But more than ever, this year's RIMPAC is going online.

Total views on RIMPAC's YouTube videos is at more than 33,000.

And on Facebook, it has more than 2300 fans.

There's even a hash tag for RIMPAC on Twitter.

From beach landings to mock mass casualty drills at Tripler, the mission is to learn how to work with Navy forces around the world.

Though it's just pretend, the hostile war scenarios are close to real, even from a computer screen.

"I feel very grateful. This is an awesome experience that not many people get to have," said Enrique Ortiz, Midshipman 2nd Class with the U.S. Naval Academy.

RIMPAC continues through July 30th.

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