OHS Alum participates in an international maritime exercise
PEARL HARBOR – A 2017 Oakdale High School graduate serves in the United States Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).
Ensign Bella Cobarruvias is an Auxiliary Officer aboard the USS William P. Lawrence, currently operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
A Navy Auxiliary Officer is responsible for engineering work with the systems that make life on board enjoyable.
Today, Cobarruvias uses skills and values similar to those learned in Oakdale.
“Oakdale taught me a willingness to learn, how to accept criticism, growth and the importance of teamwork, and having a voice in the greater mission,” Cobarruvias said. “These things motivate me.”
As the world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and maintain cooperative relationships essential to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series which began in 1971.
The theme for RIMPAC 2022 is Capable, Adaptive, Partners. Participating nations and forces exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex combat. The relevant and realistic training program includes gunnery, missile, anti-submarine warfare and air defense exercises, as well as amphibious operations, counter-piracy, mine clearance, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and rescue operations.
“I look forward to the exercises we will participate in along the way,” Cobarruvias said. “Working with other marines and learning how they do things is important to me.”
Serving in the Navy means Cobarruvias is part of a team that takes on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of national defense strategy.
“We protect the oceans for international trade,” Cobarruvias said. “We offer help to countries in need, providing humanitarian aid and offering military protection to countries that need us.”
With more than 90% of all commerce traveling by sea, and 95% of global telephone and Internet traffic carried by fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the America’s prosperity and security depend directly on a strong and ready navy.
“I am very proud to have had the opportunity to lead my sailors and see their careers develop,” said Cobarruvias.
During RIMPAC, a network of capable and adaptable partners train and operate together to enhance their collective strengths and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. RIMPAC 2022 contributes to the increased interoperability, resilience and agility needed by the Joint and Combined Force to deter and defeat great power aggression in all domains and at all levels of conflict.
As a member of the United States Navy, Cobarruvias and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetime.
“Serving in the Navy means getting into the line of fire so others don’t have to,” Cobarruvias added.
This article was written by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Sorensen, Navy Office of Community Outreach.