Navy ships and military aircraft draw tens of thousands to Yokosuka’s ‘friendship’ event

Lines stretch around around the base pier to tour 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge during the 43rd annual Friendship Day at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. MARVIN E. THOMPSON/U.S. NAVY
Lines stretch around around the base pier to tour 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge during the 43rd annual Friendship Day at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. MARVIN E. THOMPSON/U.S. NAVY

Navy ships and military aircraft draw tens of thousands to Yokosuka’s ‘friendship’ event

by Christian Lopez
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Nearly 40,000 Japanese locals recently congregated under the hot summer sun to tour naval ships, see military aircraft up close and feast on American barbecue while getting to know their neighbors on the base.

Yokosuka’s annual friendship day on Saturday drew thousands to the base pier, where they waited in a massive line to tour the 7th Fleet’s flagship, USS Blue Ridge, and the Japanese destroyer JS Yugiri.

A CV-22 Osprey from the 21st Special Operations Squadron at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo was also on display.

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