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Recent typhoons have delayed dredging in the Yokosuka Naval Base harbor, a Yokohama Defense Facilities Administration Bureau spokesman said last week.

The Japanese government plans to remove more than 21 million cubic feet of dirt from the harbor to make way for the deeper draft of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier scheduled to replace the USS Kitty Hawk in 2008.

Work was to begin mid-July, but typhoons Man-yi and Usagi disrupted the ability for working ships to erect silt screens to prevent water pollution during the dredging project, the spokesman said, adding that he didn’t know when the dredging will begin.

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan spokesman Cmdr. David Waterman confirmed the delay and said the command is “patiently waiting for the notice from YDFAB to proceed.”

Yokota Summer Sweeps offering giveawaysYOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The 374th Services Division has launched its Summer Sweeps customer-reward program.

Receipts for purchases of at least $5 at participating Services facilities can be used to enter a drawing to be held during the Summer Sweeps party Oct. 6.

Giveaways include a Harley-Davidson, five cash prizes totaling $5,000, a $2,000 vacation, a commissary shopping spree worth up to $500 and $1,000 in merchandise from the base exchange’s PowerZone.

Yokota residents ages 18 and older may enter by writing their name, daytime phone number and unit on an entry slip. Drop boxes are located at most Services facilities.

Call DSN 225-3308 for more information.

Free shuttle to Tama Hills endsYOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The free round-trip shuttle program to the Tama Hills Recreation Area has ceased due to lack of demand, 374th Services Division officials announced.

The Yokota Services shuttle to the New Sanno Hotel and Hardy Barracks in Tokyo will continue normal operations.

For updated information, visit the Services’ vehicle operations schedule at www.yokotaservices. org, or call DSN 225-7720.

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