JMSDF submarine rescue ship arrives Monday

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- The Japanese Defense Ship (JDS) Chihaya will arrive at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station approximately 3:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20.

Capt. Masao Kuramoto commands Chihaya, a submarine rescue ship in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. He and his crew of 130 sailors are participating in the Ehime Maru recovery operation.

Media interested in covering Chihaya's arrival should contact the Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Office at (808)284-2938 no later than 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19.

Media need to meet at Pearl Harbor's Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) at 2:15 p.m. to be bussed to the pier. Media will not be allowed to drive to the pier.

Rundown of Schedule:

Aug. 19 (Sunday)
4 p.m.                 Deadline to register for arrival of Chihaya

Aug. 20 (Monday)
2:15 p.m.            Press arrive Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) to be escorted to arrival pier
3:30 p.m.            JDS Chihaya arrives Pearl Harbor
3:50 p.m.            Press Availability with Chihaya Commanding Officer
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Revised 8/17/01 at 12:50 p.m. (HST)