For Immediate Release: November 14, 2019
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM - On Friday, November 15, 2019, the Chilean tall ship CNS ESMERALDA (BE-43) will arrive to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit. As part of that arrival, a traditional naval gun salute will be exchanged between the ESMERALDA and the installation.
Personnel on the installation may hear gunfire exchanged between the ship and the saluting battery on Ford Island. At 8:30 a.m., near Hospital Point, the ESMERALDA will initiate the salute. Each shot will be answered shot for shot by JBPHH, totaling 21 shots fired by each battery.
Visitors to the National Park’s Pearl Harbor National Monument, the USS Missouri Memorial, and residents and personnel of Ford Island, may also hear the gunfire because of their proximity.
The military gun salute is a centuries old practice for rendering honors. As a hand salute demonstrated that the renderer of the salute was unarmed, it was customary for a ship entering a friendly port to discharge its cannons to show they were unloaded.