As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to make headlines around the world, men and women at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility are quietly working to ensure the Navy is ready to respond, if needed.
This Friday, congratulations were in order as 85 graduates crossed the stage, transitioning from shipyard “apprentice” to “journey-worker.” The graduation took place at Historic Hickam Officer’s Club on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.
Among the dignified speakers at the ceremony, were three of Hawaii’s four congressional delegates.
“You are truly, truly.. going to make a force that is ‘Fit to Fight,'” said keynote speaker, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa,
While Friday’s ceremony primarily focused on the graduates, the topic of North Korea came up several times during some of the speeches delivered to the Class of 2017.
“They (North Korea) recently launched a missile with extended range and that range continues to extend out,” said Captain Gregory Burton, Commander of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, as he addressed the graduates during his speech.
Hawaii’s congressional delegates shared their thoughts about the escalating war of words between President Donald Trump and North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.
“Mostly what is happening has been an exchange of words.. There is no indications that anything is imminent,” Senator Brian Schatz told Island News.
All three congressional delegates say while North Korea is a concern, the state shouldn’t overly concerned.
“As far as Hawaii’s safety is concerned I think that when you look at the geography of the situation, the trajectory, and what Kim Jong Un is now saying.. I don’t think Hawaii is a target,” Congresswoman Hanabusa said.
“There should be a really aggressive diplomatic ways to resolve this conflict, and bring us back to a place where we can negotiate some kind of a resolution,” Senator Mazie Hirono added.
Regardless, of the what’s could happen, Congresswoman Hanabusa says she is confident the United States is ready.
“There is no greater military power in the world and we are ready.. and Pearl (Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and IMF) is a integral part in that,” Congresswoman Hanabusa said.
The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility one-stop regional maintenance center for the Navy’s surface ships and submarines.
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