CNMI Governor, Delegation In Hawai‘i To Observe Live Fire Training

U.S. Pacific Command to demonstrate artillery, weapons training

By Jon Perez 

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, August 16, 2016) – Gov. Ralph DLG Torres headed back to Hawaii yesterday to observe how the U.S. military conducts its live fire training. Torres, who just came back after the 902 talks also held in Hawaii, left at 4pm together with other CNMI officials.

The Tinian Legislative Delegation and Commonwealth Ports Authority board of directors will be joining Torres in the five-day trip after being invited by the U.S. Pacific Command to tour their live fire training ranges. The CNMI delegation will be in Hawaii from Aug. 16 to 20.

The CNMI delegation, however, did not travel as one group due to the availability of flights going to Hawaii.

Press secretary Ivan Blanco said the U.S. Department of Defense and the military wanted to show to the CNMI delegation what kind of artillery and other firearms are they going to use in the planned live fire training range in the island of Tinian.

The trip is separate from the 902 talks held last week with representatives from the Department of the Interior led by assistant secretary for Insular Affairs Esther Kia’aina.

Representatives from the Air Force, Army, Marine, and the Navy will also be present in the live fire training exercises.

The U.S. military, in the proposed project for Tinian, wants to have four range complexes inclusive of grenade, tank, pistol, and mortar activity. The project comes with roads, fuel pipelines and tanks, and wastewater facilities, among others, for this training.

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