Tuesday, October 19, 1999

In The Military


Pakistan's leader cancels Hawaii visit

Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf, who directed last week's military takeover in Pakistan and declared himself the country's supreme leader, was supposed to attend a high-level conference of military leaders at Camp Smith, hosted by the Pacific Command's Adm. Dennis Blair.

But even before the coup, Musharraf had decided not to attend because of a conflicting visit to his country by the Kuwaiti chief of defense.

A Pacific Command official said the annual chief of defense conference will continued as planned next month. U.S. participants include Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, commander of the U.S. Central Command.

Musharraf also had been scheduled to visit Zinni's Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla.

Zinni was the last senior U.S. official to visit Islamabad, in late June. Zinni met with Musharraf and civilian leaders.

USS Kamehameha visits Jordan

The USS Kamehameha -- one of 21 submarines assigned to the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor -- has become the first American submarine to visit Jordan.

While there, the Kamehameha was visited by Jordan's king, Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, according to Gen. Peter Schoomaker, Special Operations Command head.

Kamehameha skipper Cmdr. Derek Hesse said "the bond between our military forces is growing stronger and this visit is something that helps pave the way for further visits and cooperation between the American armed forces and the Jordanians."

The nuclear-powered Kamehameha is equipped with two SEAL delivery vehicles, which are used in covert operations to insert Navy special forces teams into hostile territory.

Bellows land given to Marines

About 1,100 acres at Bellows Air Force Station have been turned over to the U.S. Marine Corps, expanding existing training areas by an additional 380 acres.

The transfer will not affect recreational beach access, which will remain available to the public on weekends and certain state and federal holidays.

Change of command

Bullet USS Asheville: Cmdr. Kerry Ingalls has assumed command of the 360-foot nuclear attack submarine. It was commissioned in 1997.

Bullet Fleet & Industrial Supply Center Pearl Harbor Naval Reserve Unit No. 220: Cmdr. Ted Robinson returned to Pearl Harbor to be the 10th commanding officer of the reserve unit, which was formed in October 1981.

Gregg K. Kakesako, Star-Bulletin

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