Navy officials tour Ehime Maru sister ship

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (June 29, 2001) -- Navy officials, including divers expecting to participate in the Ehime Maru recovery operation, will tour Kagawa Maru, a similar ship that will be visiting Honolulu. Safety is paramount in the recovery operation, scheduled for later this summer.  The two days of tours for about 40 divers and technical experts will increase the divers' familiarity with Ehime Maru's interior and maximize the operation's success.

When the Navy learned Kagawa Maru would be visiting Honolulu Harbor, it asked Japanese officials for, and received, permission to tour the ship in port.

Rear Adm. William Klemm, who is leading the recovery operation, will be available to talk to media about the tours at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Honolulu Harbor Pier 9 at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Media are invited to be in place at 11:15 a.m. to capture b-roll of Navy personnel departing the ship.

Media are asked to limit coverage of the tours to 11:15 a.m. Sunday because Navy officials touring Kagawa Maru will not be available for interviews at other times.
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Revised 6/29/01 at 1:46 p.m. (HST)