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Cruise of YOKOSUKA Naval Port~Part 1

Article writtenJan. 17th, 2022
Nov. 3rd, 2021
Viewing JMSDF vessels in dressed overall and the icebreaker 'Shirase', awaiting to leave for an Antarctic expedition, from sea on a sightseeing cruise around the naval port.
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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. Taking part in a tour of Yokosuka naval port from sea on the Cruise of YOKOSUKA Naval Port.

This day is Culture Day, one of the national holidays, when all JMSDF vessels in port would be in dressed overalls. Also, the icebreaker 'Shirase' was also in port, awaiting to leave for this years Antarctic expedition.

01

【About】About an hour from Shinagawa station, in Tokyo, getting off at Shioiri station of Keikyǔ line.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

02

【About】Shioiri station, the closest station to Yokosuka port.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

03

【About】Crossing a pedestrian overpass to "Coaska Bayside Stores".
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

04

【About】The ticket center for "Cruise of YOKOSUKA Naval Port". It is just before the first tour in the morning, but it is a little crowded since it is a holiday.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

05

【About】Getting outside, heading for the pier.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

06

【About】The ticket of "Cruise of YOKOSUKA Naval Port".
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

07

【About】In the distance, "Teruzuki", the vessel on the ticket just happens to leave port. Also a submarine is moored in port.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

08

【About】Boarding has begun. Getting on the tour boat "Sea Friend 7".
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

09

【About】Awaiting departure.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

10

【About】While waiting for the start of the tour, a submarine has arrived in port.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

11

【About】Boarding has finished, leaving the pier.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

12

【About】The Cruise of YOKOSUKA Naval Port is starting.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

13

【About】To the right is U.S. Navy Yokosuka base.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

14

【About】Within the U.S. Navy base is an area used by the JMSDF Submarine Flotilla. A JMSDF submarine.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

15

【About】The crew on the deck of the submarine is waving hands.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

16

【About】To the left is JMDSF Yokosuka naval base. Helicopter carrier "Izumo" is moored at Hemi pier.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

17

【About】A full dressed vessel with many signal flags.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

18

【About】In the right, the submarine that had entered port is about to dock.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

19

【About】On the deck, many crew are working to dock the submarine.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

20

【About】Many crew on the stern too.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

21

【About】Tying the submarine to a tug boat.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

22

【About】To the left, an eye-catching orange colored vessel comes into sight.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

23

【About】It is ice breaker "Shirase", hull number AGB-5003.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

24

【About】Crews waving hands from the bridge.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

25

【About】Goods loaded for the Antarctic expedition. "Shirase" would be Yokosuka port for the 63rd Antarctic expedition the following week.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

26

【About】Next to "Shirase" is replenishment oiler "Tokiwa".
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

27

【About】The submarine being pushed by tug boats.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

28

【About】A panoramic view of JMSDF Yoshikura pier.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

29

【About】On the left, another vessel is about to leave port.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

30

【About】It is "Ōnami", hull number DD-111.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

31

【About】The crew lined up at the bow are waving hands.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

32

【About】The crew on the bridge are also waving hands.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

33

【About】A boat is being taken in.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

34

【About】Passing by the side of "Ōnami".
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

35

【About】To the right, is US Navy destroyer "Ralph Johnson", hull number DDG-114.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

36

【About】To the left of "Ralph Johnson" is "Howard", hull number DDG-83.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

37

【About】At another pier are two Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

38

【About】The panorama of the US Naval port.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

39

【About】The nuclear-powered supercarrier "Ronald Reagan". The pier were the aircraft carrier is moored is not visible from land, outside the base, so this cruise is the only way to see the entire vessel.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

40

【About】Close to "Ronald Reagan" is one of the Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transports, "Brunswick", hull number T-EPF-6.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

41

【About】This is "Brisbane", hull number DDG-41. It is not a US Navy vessel but is a Royal Australian Navy vessel, hardly ever seen in Japan.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

42

【About】"Ōnami" is about to leave port.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

43

【About】Leaving the main port of Yokosuka port, and gaining speed.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

44

【About】Outside of Yokosuka bay, where the naval port is, is JMSDF Yokosuka Deperming Station.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

45

【About】Off shore is a US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. Also JMSDF destroyer "Teruzuki", that had left port earlier.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

46

【About】"Ōnami", leaving port.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

47

【About】Ahead, although only a part of it is visible, Mount Fuji can be seen.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

48

【About】To the left is Azuma island, which is a part of the U.S. Navy facility.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

49

【About】The boat that had left Yokosuka bay is heading for Nagaura bay, that is next to Yokosuka bay.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

50

【About】Nagaura bay, coming into sight.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

51

【About】In behind is a great view of Tokyo bay.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

52

【About】"Ōnami", sailing away.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

53

【About】To the right is is the Sumitomo Heavy Industries Yokosuka works. It is a shipbuilding yard building freight vessels such as oil tankers.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

54

【About】Nearby is Nissan Motor Oppama Plant. A car carrier is docked to load newly built vehicles.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

55

【About】Heading into Nagaura bay.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

56

【About】To the left, Arai waterway is coming into sight.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

57

【About】The main port of Yokosuka is visible at the other side of Arai waterway.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

58

【About】Submarines are also docked at Port Nagaura, inside Nagaura bay.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

59

【About】Submarines are not in a dressed overall, but flies a naval ensign on the mast.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

60

【About】A boat of Japan Coast Guard is going by. The crew are waving hands.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

61

【About】To the right is JMSDF Yokosuka base Funakoshi district. Docked here is hull number ASE-6102, experiment ship "Asuka". "Asuka" is used to test all sorts of new equipment under development.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

62

【About】In front of "Asuka" is submarine rescue ship "Chiyoda", hull number ASR-404, and mine countermeasure vessel "Uraga", hull number MST-463.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

63

【About】In a dressed overall too.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

64

【About】Going around Nagaura port in clockwise direction.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

65

【About】At the far end of Nagaura bay is minesweeper "Awaji", hull number MSO-304, and utility landing craft No.2, hull number LC-2002.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

66

【About】Also a Japan Coast Guard Patrol boat.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

67

【About】Support ships used to carry fuel to JMSDF vessels.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

68

【About】Minesweeper "Enoshima" hull number MSO-604 and oceanographic research ship "Shōnan", hull number AGS-5106.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

69

【About】Another oceanographic research ship "Wakasa", hull number AGS-5104.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

70

【About】Passing by the side of "Chiyoda" and "Uraga".
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

71

【About】The full view if "Chiyoda" and "Uraga".
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

72

【About】Looking at "Asuka" again.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

73

【About】Vessels docked at Funakoshi district.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

74

【About】Funakoshi district is also where JMSDF Self-Defense Fleet Headquarters is located.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

75

【About】To the right are submarines again. Crew are on deck doing something.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

76

【About】Going behind the submarines.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

77

【About】Leaving Nagaura port, entering Arai waterway.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

78

【About】Arai waterway was dug to connect Yokosuka bay and Nagaura bay.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

79

【About】At the end of Arai waterway, another vessel coming into sight. Hull number YDT-03 is a diving support vessel. It serves for the Explosive Ordnance Corps and supports diving missions.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

80

【About】The vessel in a gray and white livery is an accommodation ship "Hashidate", hull number ASY-91. It serves as a place to have ceremonies and receptions inviting special guests.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

81

【About】"Hashidate" is also in a dressed overall.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

82

【About】"Hashidate" and YDT-03 diving support vessel from the front.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

83

【About】To the right is Yoshikura pier once again.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

84

【About】Docked at Y4 berth is replenishment oiler "Tokiwa", hull number AOE-423.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

85

【About】"Tokiwa" from the front.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

86

【About】Docked at Y1 berth is "Shirase", and at Y2 berth is hull number DD-110, "Takanami".
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

87

【About】"Shirase" is one of the largest ships of JMSDF. "Shirase" looks huge, compared to "Takanami", an ordinary sized destroyer.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

88

【About】The full view off Yoshikura pier.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

89

【About】Passing by hull number DDH-183, helicopter carrier "Izumo".
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

90

【About】Looking up at "Izumo".
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

91

【About】"Izumo" is one of the two "Izumo" class helicopter carriers, the largest vessels of JMSDF.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

92

【About】On the other side is the submarine, already docked.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

93

【About】At the end of the tour, passing by Verny park.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

94

【About】The "Yokosuka Modern Heritage Museum Thibaudier Residence", used as a museum, is introduced and the staff of the museum waves her hand.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

95

【About】Docking soon.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

96

【About】Back at the Shioiri pier.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

97

【About】Disembarking.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

98

【About】At the end of the tour, there is a lottery using the ticket number at the ticket center. The prizewinners would get a small gift.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

99

【About】Looking at the next tour is boarding, heading for Verny park.
【Date】2021, Nov. 3rd 【Location】Yokosuka, Kanagawa

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