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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE ...

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

To our veterans who have served and to our soldiers who carry out their duties here, there and every where around the globe, we thank you for your service. Keep you safe each and every day.

We thank your families for allowing you to serve our County and for their personal sacrifices.

God bless each and every one of you …

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  • Clifton M. Hasegawa President and CEO Clifton M. Hasegawa & Associates, LLC 1044 Kilani Avenue 12 Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786-2243 Telephone: 808.463.1057 Email: clifhasegawa@gmail.com Web: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cliftonhasegawa July 20, 2014 Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, USN Commander, U.S. Pacific Command Camp HM Smith, Hawaii 96861 Re: Rim of the Pacific – RIMPAC 2014 Dear Admiral Locklear: The entry of the uninvited electronic surveillance ship into the RIMPAC Exercise is of concern to Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and United States Representative J. Randy Forbes, member of the United States House Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the United States House of Representatives Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. Reportedly, officials were monitoring the situation based on the unavailability of legal precedent to turn away the uninvited warship. The Uniform Interpretation of Rules of International Law Governing Innocent Passage accompanying the Joint Statement by representatives of the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics signed at Jackson Hole, Wyoming on 23 September 1989 may be of application. Paragraph 7 states, “If a warship engages in conduct which violates such laws or regulations or renders its passage not innocent and does not take corrective action upon request, the coastal State may require it to leave the territorial sea, as set forth in Article 30 of the Convention of 1982. In such case the warship shall do so immediately.”
  • Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, USN July 20, 2014 Page 2 If as reported that the warship was operating beyond the territorial sea (12 miles, Presidential Proclamation No. 5928, December 27, 1988) the matter is one of diplomacy. While RIMPAC, underway, is far from the Asian Continent there is a commonality to discussions being held by Secretary John Kerry and Secretary Chuck Hagel with government officials and foreign ministers in China and Japan. This incident, if not addressed, will become precedent in our foreign relations policy with these nations. The fact that this situation did not rise to an international incident is attributable to the intuitive actions by Admiral Harris, the staff of U.S. Pacific Fleet, the staff of U.S. Pacific Command and you. Thank you very much for your service. Sincerely, Electronically Signed Clifton M. Hasegawa Copy provided to: United States Senator Maize Hirono United States Senator Brian Schatz United States Representative Colleen Hanabusa United States Representative Tulsi Gabbard Governor Neil Abercrombie Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui Hawaii Senate President Donna Mercado Kim Hawaii Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland Hawaii House Speaker Joseph Souki