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Following the USS Midway, the USS Independence was the second forward-deployed US aircraft carrier in Japan. It was based in Yokosuka during 1991-98.
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I went with a group to tour the USS Independence while it was homeported at Yokosuka. All the planes were gone, flown to Atsugi.
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CV-62 Freedom's Flagship is nicknamed "Indy." Commissioned in 1959.
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Elevator
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Bow and anchor
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Riding on the elevator to the flight deck.
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The elevator is normally used to carry planes up to the flight deck.
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Flight deck of the USS Independence. The island or control tower can be seen.
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Control tower of the Indy.
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Flight deck of the USS Independence.
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Catapult
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We all received a cap.
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Nets along the edge function as a safety net for any crew who has to jump off the flight deck.
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The flight deck is dotted with these lugs used to tie down the planes.
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Fan tail
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Sailor
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Bridge
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Inside the bridge
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Bridge
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"Welcome aboard!"
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Captain's seat. We took turns sitting on it for pictures.
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View of the flight deck from the bridge.
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Bridge windows
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Inside the USS Independence
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Submarine moored in the next berth.
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Sailor
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Hangar below deck. The USS Independence was decommissioned in Sept. 1998.
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This is the USS Midway which I also toured with a group while it was still homeported in Yokosuka during 1973-1991. The first US aircraft carrier to be homeported outside the US.
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Flight deck of the USS Midway.
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USS Midway control tower
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USS Midway flight deck
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There were no planes on the carrier when we visited. They were all at Atsugi. This jet was gutted and used only for ground crew training.
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Elevator on USS Midway
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USS Midway hangar. The ship is now a museum in San Diego, California.
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Entrance to the Naval Academy on Etajima.
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Reservations are not required, but you have to get there and sign up 5 min. before the 90-min. tour starts.
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The Naval Academy conducts free guided tours of the school 3 or 4 times a day. The tour takes you around the campus and allows you to enter a few of the imposing buildings.
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Map of the Naval Academy or Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force First Service School (海上自衛隊第1術科学校).
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You cannot tour the Naval Academy on your own. You have to join the guided tour. There is a dress code: No miniskirts or provocative clothing by women.
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Two Naval Academy students served as our tour guide.
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Ceremonial Hall. Built in 1917 and designed for holding ceremonies and moral education. One of the few buildings which we could enter. Etajima, Hiroshima.
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Inside the Ceremonial Hall. It can fit 2,000 people.
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Stage inside the Ceremonial Hall.
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Ceremonial Hall
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The lights look like a ship's wheel on the ceiling of the Ceremonial Hall.
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The academy's pine tree trunks grow straight up. They say that even the pine trees stand at attention at the school.
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Stand for gatherings.
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The academy's most distinctive building is this Students’ Hall dubbed the "Red Brick Building." We weren't allowed to go inside. Etajima, Hiroshima.
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Built in 1893 and used for classrooms and living quarters for students. Today, it is part of the Officer Candidate School and used as classrooms and students' living quarters. Etajima, Hiroshima.
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Students' Hall west wing. Built in 1938, it is used as the main students’ hall of the First Service School.
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Students' Hall west wing. We weren't allowed to enter this building. The Academy also has female students, but after graduating they do not serve on navy ships. They work only on land.
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Front Pier. This is considered the school's front gate instead of the gate on land. Officer Candidate School graduates are sent off here by school staff and a military band and transferred to a training fleet anchored offshore in Etauchi inlet.
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Training boats
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Training boats
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Battleship gun, life-size.
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The Gun turret was a part of the main gunnery system of Battleship Mutsu and was transferred to Imperial Naval Academy for use as a study aide in 1935.
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Gun turrets
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Projectile of a "Mutsu" class battleship.
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Torpedoes
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Naval History Museum on Etajima. Built in 1936, the museum is substantial with detailed exhibits tracing Japan's naval history (including the Pearl Harbor attack).
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The Naval History Museum on Etajima has this outdoor display of one of the five midget submarines used in the Pearl Harbor attack.
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One of the five midget submarines used in the Pearl Harbor attack. On display at the Naval History Museum on Etajima island, Hiroshima.
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Torpedo bay of midget submarine used in Pearl Harbor attack.
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The midget sub displayed here was found in 1960 off Keehi Lagoon east of Pearl Harbor's entrance. The sub had been damaged by a depth charge attack and abandoned by its crew before it could fire its torpedoes.
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It was subsequently salvaged and restored for display at Etajima in 1962. The front part of the sub was severed, so the front part was reconstructed by a Kure shipbuilder for this display.
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Midget sub's conning tower and periscope. The sub had only two crew members.
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Midget sub's rudder and propeller.
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They eventually found all five subs (the fifth one was finally found in 2009) used at Pearl Harbor. Two of them are on display. One of them is here and the other is at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.
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This midget sub was transported by boat from Pearl Harbor to Yokosuka (Kanagawa Pref.), then to Etajima in 1961.
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About this midget sub: Length: 23.9 meters, Weight: 46 tons, Inner diameter: 1.85 meter, Underwater speed: 19 knots (600 horsepower)
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Behind the midget sub used in Pearl Harbor, another different type of midget sub is displayed.
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A projectile used by battleship Yamato during WWⅡ.
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Projectile used in Japan-China War in 1894.
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Last stop on the tour was the Etajima Club where there is a gift shop, restaurant, and this small museum on the 2nd floor.
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Japanese navy rising sun flag
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Models of navy warships.
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Etajima Club exhibition room.
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Shoeikan was originally the annex (別館) of the Shoeikan ryokan inn opened in 1904 (Meiji 37). The inn was built for navy VIPs like Admiral Heihachiro Togo who led the Japanese navy during the Russo-Japanese War.Hours
Lunch: 11:30–14:30 Dinner: 17:30–21:30

About 1 km from JR Higashi Maizuru Station. Parking available.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/sQd8ZdekJqA2
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The ryokan's annex building was left unused and decrepit for many years and was on the verge of being torn down until a citizens group got together to clean, renovate, and preserve the building. They finally decided to make it a Western-style restaurant serving navy cuisine. It just opened on Oct. 11, 2018. Glad that they preserved the building.
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Shoeikan entrance hall.
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Entrance hall stained glass.
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Shoeikan corridor to the restaurant.
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The 1st floor is the main dining room. It even has a Noh stage.
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We had a special sample of the curry rice, cabbage roll, stewed hamburger, and potatoes and meat (niku-jaga). Curry rice is famous as a navy dish in Japan.Shoeikan restaurant, Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture.
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The restaurant's menu is quite cheap, prices ranging from ¥900 for Navy curry rice to ¥4,500 for a full course.
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For the restaurant menu and recipes, the restaurant chefs use an old navy recipe book that was used by navy galley staff in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It has about 200 recipes for Western dishes and confections.
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We could also go upstairs and tour the private dining rooms.
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Private dining room.
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Private dining room.
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The 2nd floor's private dining rooms are adorned with calligraphy by legendary Admiral Heihachiro Togo.
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Calligraphy by legendary Admiral Heihachiro Togo.
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The private dining rooms are quite ornate with carved transoms like this one of Mt. Fuji.
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Private dining room.
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Garden view from a private dining room.
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Private dining room named "Takasago."
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Stairway.
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Private dining room.
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Private dining room at Shoeikan.
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Small statue of Admiral Heihachiro Togo in a private dining room.
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Seat back.
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