Yokosuka Chuo

  

Yokosuka Chuo Station is located in Yokosuka and is served by the Keihin Electric Express Railway's Keikyu Main Line.

 

Yokosuka is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture at the mouth of Tokyo Bay in the southwest of Tokyo. The city is of historical significance as it was here in 1850 that Commodore Matthew Perry landed, which in turn resulted in the modernization of Japan. Yokosuka is just as important today as it is home to a major naval facility used by the United States and Japanese forces.

 

Yokosuka Chuo Station is located on Yokosuka Chuo-O-Dori Street commonly known as blue street because of the blue stones imbedded into the asphalt, Yokosuka's main street and a busy commercial district. Department stores, banks, and other shops and offices line both sides of the tree-lined street, which is always bustling with businessmen and shoppers. Servicemen from the base are also a common sight.

  

Yokosuka Naval Base

 

Yokosuka Naval Base is America's largest and most important naval facility outside of the United States. It is the headquarters of U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet, which consists of 17 ships, and employs 27,000 military and civilian personnel. It is also the largest naval ship repair facility in the western pacific, which can undertake almost any kind of ship repair.

 

The history of the place goes back to 1865, when the Tokugawa Shogunate established ‘Yokosuka Iron Works' here. It then slowly developed and expanded its waterfront facilities, and by WWII, it had become a shipyard, where ships of the Imperial Japanese Army were repaired. After the war, the U.S. Forces took control of the place and re-opened it as its own ‘Ship Repair Department', employing 75 U.S. Navy personnel and 576 Japanese Imperial Navy employees. In 1951, the facility was officially designated ‘U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility' by the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, and a Commanding Officer was assigned.

 

Yokosuka Naval Base covers an area of 568 acres. It has 18 ship berths, five tugboats, and numerous anchorages, as well as the only degaussing range in the western pacific. Visitors are not allowed on the base. Just once a year, the base hosts a “Friendship Day”, when Japanese nationals are allowed to tour the base.
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