Navy officials say there will be no live-fire or amphibious assault craft and aircraft landings as part of their proposed exercises around Maui County.
Some residents, however, do not believe the Navy and are opposed to its Special Operations Training proposal that is up for comment in a draft environmental assessment.
The Navy is proposing nearshore water training in the county, which will include naval special operation personnel diving and swimming and launching and recovering small vehicles designed to operate underwater. The training could possibly involve bringing in and removing naval personnel or equipment using watercraft.
No land or air-based training is proposed for the county, the Navy said.
Training could occur on federal and nonfederal property, the assessment said, but no training will occur without prior agreement from property owners of nonfederal lands.
“The proposed training is essentially the same types of low-impact nearshore training sailors have been conducting for decades around the Hawaiian Islands,” the Navy said in a news release Monday.
The exercises are proposed to begin this year and also will be conducted on Oahu, Hawaii island and Kauai. Those islands will include land-, air- and water-based training.
Maui County residents said they fear the potential environmental and economic damage. Some just do not want the Navy around.