New AH-64E Guardians taking part in RIMPAC

EIGHT US Army AH-64E Apache Guardians from the 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade arrived in Hawaii on June 17, for a two month deployment, marking the first time an Apache aircraft has been to the state of Hawaii. The helicopters and approximately 40 Apache pilots and maintainers, who deployed from Fort Carson, Colorado, are scheduled to conduct joint and unit training in multifunctional operations to include the US Navy’s 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the world’s largest international maritime exercise.

The deployment is of particular interest because it is holding an Asian Naval Warfare conference in Kuala Lumpur on September 10-11, at which the US Navy’s Admiral Harry B Harris Jr, Commander of US Pacific Fleet will discuss the RIMPAC exercise.

To celebrate the arrival of the Apache Guardian, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor hosted an Apache welcoming celebration on June 20, on Ford Island, Hawaii. Gen Vincent K Brooks, commander of US Army Pacific, was the guest speaker at the event.

“We’re here to commemorate the arrival of the first AH-64E, which is the most modern version of the Apache Helicopter, coming to Hawaii,” said Brooks. “It’s been a tradition to do that for aircraft that come to Hawaii for the first time and it was particularly significant today because this is where the Army had its first footprint.”
Following RIMPAC, the AH-64E Apache unit will also participate in Tiger Balm 2014, an exercise in Hawaii that will strengthen the partnership between US and Singapore Armies promoting stability and security in the Pacific region and enhancing interoperability.

After the deployment in Hawaii, some of the aircraft will move further into the Pacific, to take part in the inaugural pacific pathway that will be conducted later in the year.