Recovery operation press conference

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

Rear Adm. William Klemm, who leads the Ehime Maru recovery operation, will provide media an operational overview at 1 p.m. Aug. 2. Representatives from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and U.S. Navy technology experts will also be present.

Additionally, technical experts from Japan have been invited to participate.

The brief will be followed by a tour of Rockwater 2, the vessel that will lift Ehime Maru from its current, 2,000-foot depth, and transport it while suspended beneath the ship to an area about 1 mile south of Honolulu International Airport's Reef Runway. The tour will be led by Capt. Bert Marsh, director of ocean engineering and supervisor of salvage and diving at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Crystal City, Va.

Space in the briefing room and on the tour is limited, so interested media must contact the Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Office at (808) 471-3769 no later than 4 p.m., July 31.

Media will park at Honolulu Harbor Pier 1, accessible via Forrest Avenue off Ala Moana, and be bused to the briefing room about a half-mile away. Following the brief, media will be bused back to Pier 1 for the Rockwater 2 tour.

In addition, at 9 a.m. Aug. 3, there will be a visit to the media center that will be used once Ehime Maru has reached the shallow water site. This visit is not for reporting purposes, but is to allow media a chance to see the center location before the operation begins.

Here's a rundown of the schedule:

July 31 (Tuesday)

4 p.m. -- Deadline to register for brief and tour.

Aug. 1 (Wednesday)

About 8 a.m. -- Rockwater 2 arrives Honolulu Harbor.

Aug. 2 (Thursday)

12:30 p.m. -- Bus leaves Pier 1 for briefing room

1 p.m. -- Recovery Operation Brief begins

~ 2:30 p.m. -- Rockwater 2 tour begins

Aug. 3 (Friday)

9 a.m. -- Meet at Pearl Harbor PSD to board bus for media center site visit. (Not for reporting purposes.)
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