The U.S. flag flies over the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Jan. 13, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico)
Updated: Monday, 06 Dec 2010, 12:14 PM MST
Published : Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010, 4:34 AM MST
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - The military is opening a $48 million high-tech facility in Pearl Harbor it expects to use for exercises, training and battle simulations.
Commanders may also use the Pacific Warfighting Center to direct forces during disaster relief efforts and war.
Navy Adm. Robert Willard, the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, told an audience gathered for Tuesday's opening ceremony that the facility has already helped relief efforts in Haiti.
The military spent $25.8 million to build the center and $22 million on telecommunications infrastructure for the building on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor.
Hawaii's U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye says the country's allies can use the center to help practice joint operations with the U.S.