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Cruise of YOKOSUKA Naval Port

Article writtenApr. 11th, 2020
Feb. 8th,2020
A sightseeing cruise around Yokosuka naval port, the home to many Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy warships.
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The Port of Yokosuka in Kanagawa prefecture, with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy base lying within it, is a major naval port. The naval port originates from the shipyard built here by the Tokugawa shogunate in 1871. It expanded as the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal and Yokosuka Naval District of the Imperial Japanese Navy, and now it is the home base JMSDF Self-Defense Fleet Headquarters and the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

Taking part in a tour of Yokosuka naval port from sea on the Cruise of YOKOSUKA Naval Port.

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【About】Parked the car near Shioiri station in Yokosuka city, and wandering around.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】From the pedestrian bridge, JMSDF Yokosuka naval base can be seen in the distance.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Helicopter carrier "Izumo" can be seen.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Getting off the pedestrian bridge, heading for Verny park. There is a parking lot in Verny park too, but is very small.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Verny park.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】First, going to get the ticket for the cruise.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Shioiri terminal, which is the ticket office, is inside Shoppers Plaza which is currently under renovations and a little difficult to find, but there is a signboard.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The ticket for the cruise of YOKOSUKA naval port.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】There is still time, so wandering around Verny park.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Walking by the sea.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Verny park is a French garden with more than 2000 roses. The roses will be in full bloom around May and June.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】A wooden deck continues along the sea.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The other side of the sea is the U.S. naval base.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Most parts of the opposite shore is occupied by the U.S. Navy but a part of it is used by the JMSDF Submarine Flotilla and the submarines here seen here belong to the JMSDF. Submarines can only be seen here or in Kure.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The dry docks of Yokosuka naval base. The no.1 dock was built in 1871 as a part of the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal, and still used to repair warships.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】There is a small pier, and the dry docks and submarines can be seen well.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Verny park extends for about 500m.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The statue on the left is Léonce Verny, a French engineer who directed the construction of the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal. On the right is Oguri Kōzukenosuke, a statesman of the Tokugawa shogunate who decided to construct the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal as the first arsenal in Japan.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】JMSDF Yokosuka naval base in sight.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Verny park still continues, but there isn't much time left. So stopping here.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The other side of the sea is JMDSF Yokosuka naval base.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Many warships, such as the helicopter carrier "Izumo", can be seen.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】On the right side, the U.S. naval base continues.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】In the far end of Verny park, there is a small museum which introduces the achievements of Léonce Verny. In front of it, a gun barrel of battle ship "Mutsu" of the Imperial Japanese Navy is displayed.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The previous cruise has come back.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Heading back to Shioiri terminal.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The Shioiri pier in front of Shioiri terminal. Passengers are starting to gather.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Boarding the tour boat "Sea Friend 7".
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Leaving Shioiri pier and the tour around Yokosuka naval port is starting.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The right side is U.S. Navy Yokosuka base. The dry docks can be seen up close. The docks No.1 through No.3.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Sōryu class submarines seen up close.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Next is the No.4 and No.5 dry docks. An Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is in the dock.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Another Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, hull number DDG-56, "John S. McCain".
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】On the left is the JMSDF Yokosuka base. And the huge vessel, helicopter carrier "Izumo".
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】And other more warships. Will be looking at the JMSDF vessels when returning back.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The right side again. Next to "John S. McCain" is another Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, hull number DDG-54, "Curtis Wilbur".br> 【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The home port of these destroyers is Yokosuka.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】At the next pier, are an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, hull number DDG-85, "McCampbell" and a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, hull number CG-67, "Shiloh".
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】U.S. Navy warships in port.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Next is the "main dish" of this tour, the nuclear-powered supercarrier "Ronald Reagan". The pier the aircraft carrier docks can not be seen well from land, and once it leaves port it may not return for months.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Crossing in front of the aircraft carrier. On the left of the aircraft carrier it is a little difficult to see but there is a nuclear submarine docking. It is a rare sight since nuclear submarines are not based in Japan.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】A distant view of U.S. Navy Yokosuka base.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Leaving the main port of Yokosuka port, and gaining speed.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Right outside Yokosuka base, where the port is, many structures can be seen on the sea.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】This is the JMSDF Yokosuka Deperming Station. Ships made of steel, effected by the Earth's magnetic field, gradually gets magnetized and will make it vulnerable to underwater mines detonated by magnetometers. This facility is used to reduce a ship's magnetic signature
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Yokosuka Deperming Station is the only Deperming Station in Japan. JMSDF warships regularly visit this facility to deperm, so you might be able to see the facility in work if you are lucky.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Tug boats near the Deperming Station. These are U.S. Navy tug boats waiting for a warship entering port.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Continuing on, sailing on a rough sea outside Yokosuka bay.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The tour boat turning south for land. On the right is an industrial district.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Where the large crane is is the Sumitomo Heavy Industries Yokosuka works. It is a shipbuilding yard building freight vessels such as oil tankers.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Where the Car carrier is is the Nissan Motor Oppama Plant.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The building like a castle is the Yokosuka city recycle center.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The tour boat is entering Nagaura bay.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】On the left is Azuma island. The whole island is a U.S. Navy facility.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】On the right is a JMSDF facility. The Funakoshi are of Yokosuka naval base.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The vessel here is hull number ASE-6102, experiment ship "Asuka". "Asuka" is used to test all sorts of new equipment under development.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The JMSDF Self-Defense Fleet Headquarters is located in Funakoshi area.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】"Asuka" from behind.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Inside Nagaura bay is Nagaura port. Nagaura port is a part of Yokosuka port.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Located in deep within a bay, Nagaura port is a good natural harbor with calm waters. Going around Nagaura port clockwise.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】On the left is hull number MSO-304, minesweeper "Awaji", docked in Taura area. Many JMSDF facilities besides Funakoshi area are located around Nagaura bay.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Japan Coast Guard patrol boats are docked here too.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Support ships used to carry fuel to JMSDF vessels.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Going all the way around Nagaura port.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】JMSDF Oceanographic research ship "Nichinan" is docked in Funakoshi area too.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Passing Funakoshi area again.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Meanwhile, on the right, submarines can be seen.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】In front is an Oyashio class submarine.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】In behind is a Sōryū class submarine, is a Sōryū class submarine with unique X-shaped stern planes. Passing nearby.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Entering Arai waterway.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Leaving Nagaura bay.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The boat seen on the right, with unique markings is a Target ship.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The retired tug boat will be used as a target for gunnery practice, and will be sunk.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Continuing through Arai waterway. This waterway was dug as a shortcut between Nagaura bay and Yokosuka bay, after some naval facilities were built in Nagaura bay. It took 3 years to dig this waterway, and was completed in 1889.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Azuma island used to be a peninsula but was cut off from main land by this waterway. Ferryboats are operated to across this waterway to access U.S. Navy facilities on the island.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Gone through Arai waterway and returning to Yokosuka bay. Nagaura area, with hull number AMS-4305 Training support ship "Enshū" and utility landing craft No.2.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Next is the Yoshikura pier, with many warships along it.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Yoshikura pier is the main pier in JMSDF Yokosuka naval base.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】From the left, hull number DD-154 destroyer "Amagiri", DD-154 "Akizuki", DD-107 "Ikazuchi". The home port of "Akizuki" is not Yokosuka but Sasebo.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】On the other side of the pier, from the left, hull number DD-101 destroyer "Murasame", DD-109 "Ariake" and AOE-423 replenishment oiler "Tokiwa". The home port of "Ariake" is Sasebo too.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】A a magnificent sight, that cannot be seen from land.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Along the nest pier is hull number DD-111 destroyer "Ōnami".
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】You can not always see this many warships. Some times there is not even one docked here so the number of warships you can see is a matter of luck.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】And last at Itsumi pier, next to Yoshikura pier, hull number DDH-183, helicopter carrier "Izumo" is docked.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Helicopters are on the flight desk. Usually the aircraft carried return to Tateyama air base where they are based, so it is uncommon to see helicopters on the vessels.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】"Izumo" is one of the 2 Izumo class helicopter carriers which are the largest vessels of JMSDF.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】A distant view of the JMSDF warships.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】On the right is Verny park. The tour is close to its end.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】The crew of the submarines are waving their hands.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Docking at Shioiri pier.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Returned to Shioiri pier. The cruise of Yokosuka naval port has finished.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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【About】Leaving Yokosuka.
【Date】2020, Feb. 8th 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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