YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Yokosuka schools and school grounds are now off-limits from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. because of vandalism concerns, base officials said Friday.

An order signed by base commander Capt. David Owen made schools at Yokosuka, Ikego and Negishi off-limits to anyone who is not participating in a school-sanctioned activity.

Five instances of vandalism have occurred at Yokosuka within the past year: three at Yokosuka Middle School, one at Sullivans School and one at Nile C. Kinnick High School, said base public affairs official Sean Dath.

Figures on the total damage caused by vandalism were unavailable Friday. No one has been prosecuted for the incidents, Dath said.

However, Owen’s July 28 order states that personnel who violate the off-limits order will be subject to “the full range of available administrative and disciplinary procedures,” which includes military punishment and being banned from base.

From staff reports

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