Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs to visit Ehime Maru recovery effort


U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

Sept. 7, 2001


Mrs. Makiko Tanaka, Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, will visit Navy personnel involved with the Ehime Maru recovery operation on Sunday, Sept. 9. Adm. Thomas B. Fargo (Ret.), commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, will greet Mrs. Tanaka pierside at the Navy diving complex on Navy Region Hawaii. From the pier, they will observe Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One's divers training off of the Crowley 450 barge. Media will be pre-positioned along the pier to observe both the greeting and the training. Media may bring two photographers, one positioned on the pier and one on the roof of the media barge. This is a photo-op only, no interviews will be granted.

Mrs. Tanaka will then have a private meeting with Adm. Fargo inside the media barge. At this time, photographers will be invited to take a bus to pre-stage at JDS Chihaya to photograph Mrs. Tanaka’s arrival. A pool videographer and pool photographer will be allowed in the conference room before the meeting starts.

Upon conclusion of her meeting with Adm. Fargo, Mrs. Tanaka will depart for JDS Chihaya.


Media need to meet at Pearl Harbor's Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) at 8 a.m. on Sunday to be bused to the pier. We expect the event to conclude and buses to return media to PSD at 10:30 a.m. Media will not be allowed to drive on the base.
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Revised 9/7/01 at 5:30 p.m. (HST)