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USS Greeneville (SSN 772) incident

Japan designates advisor to Court of Inquiry

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (Feb. 21, 2001) -- At the invitation of Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Thomas Fargo, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) has designated JMSDF Rear Adm. Isamu Ozawa to participate as an advisor to the Court of Inquiry's administrative investigation of the collision between USS Greeneville and Ehime Maru. Ozawa is JMSDF chief of staff and commandant of the Maizuru District.

In his role as an advisor, Ozawa will be included in deliberations with the Court's three other members and may submit questions to the members and counsel. However, he will not have a vote on the Court.

Ozawa joins the Court's president, U.S. Navy Vice Adm. John B. Nathman, and its other members, Rear Adm. Paul F. Sullivan, USN, and Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN, in this administrative investigation.

Ozawa, 50, joined the JMSDF in 1974 and served on various submarines and staffs. He is a graduate of the National Defense Academy in Japan and the United States Naval War College, in Newport, R.I.

He was selected as a rear admiral in 1999 and assumed his duties in Maizuru in December of that year.

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