The Yokosuka Naval base, just south of Tokyo, is the biggest military installation to be affected by the announced reduction of American combat personnel in Japan.
The Yokosuka Naval base, just south of Tokyo, is the biggest military installation to be affected by the announced reduction of American combat personnel in Japan. It is just one of many to be affected by the withdrawal of some troops and aircraft to Okinawa island and South Korea, by mid-1971.
For 25 years and through the Korean and Vietnam wars; the Yokosuka Naval base has repaired and provided supplies for the ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. It has been the primary American military base in the Pacific. Now the command will revert to the Japanese and their small Navy, but the United States still hopes to rent certain facilities. The U.S. Naval headquarters will move to Sasebo in southern Japan.
The cutback of forces also affects Air Bases. One of the largest--Yokota -- just outside Tokyo, will continue as a military airport. It is a stop-over point for passenger and cargo travelling to and from American bases in Asia. The Phantom jet fighters will be based on Okinawa island and a wing of similar Phantoms, based in northern Japan, will be transferred to South Korea.
The aerial defence of Japan has now been handed over to the Japanese. Their pilots have trained under and worked alongside American personnel for some time now. They have a small, but modern and efficient, Air Force.
Twelve Thousand U.S. Military personnel will withdraw from Japan by mid-1971, leaving 28,000 men.