The initial shipment of chemical munitions from Okinews arrived without incident at the new Johnston Island storage facility on January 22.
Johnston Island sign
Pier area at Johnston Island
Chemical storage area bunkers
Personnel conducting the movement arrive at Johnston Island
Chemical filled munitions being unloaded from the USMS Lieutenant James E. Robinson at Johnston Island
Truck convoy from pier to storage area
Chemicals being placed into storage bunkers
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Background: The initial shipment of chemical munitions from Okinews arrived without incident at the new Johnston Island storage facility on January 22. The shipment, of 150 tons of mustard (MD) filled munitions, was made as part of the Army's plan to remove all chemical agents now stored on Okinews.
The movement of the remaining munitions will depend on the construction of additional storage facilities on Johnston Island which are scheduled to be completed in late 1971 or early 1972. In any event, all chemical munitions will be removed prior to reversion of Okinews to Japanese control.