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Workers from Japanese contractor Oishi Kensetsu Co. Ltd. unload supplies Monday as part of the renovation of Sasebo Naval Base’s Fleet Landing.

Workers from Japanese contractor Oishi Kensetsu Co. Ltd. unload supplies Monday as part of the renovation of Sasebo Naval Base’s Fleet Landing. (Greg Tyler / S&S)

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The U.S. Navy is spending $450,000 to renovate the Fleet Landing, the first image people entering the main gate associate with the base.

“The Fleet Landing is going to be a showcase that says, ‘Welcome to Sasebo,’” said Lt. Cmdr. Bret Blanton, public works officer.

The Fleet Landing, also attached to a dock for small boats, has been a fixture on the base since the Japanese Imperial Navy operated here before World War II.

Officials designed the under-renovation façade based on photos shot before that war.

“Historical accuracy is a goal and moving two bulky AC housings from the front to the rear and side of the building will help a lot,” Blanton added.

The renovations also include some minor interior work, he said.

The renovation work is slated to be complete by Sept. 30. Until then, the United Service Organizations Fleet Landing Lounge, USOnet Internet service and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Travel and Tours office moved to Building 301, a warehouse with unused space.

Travel and Tours is operating as normal in the temporary location. The USO is using the temporary space for storage until it moves back to Fleet Landing.

Japanese contractor Oishi Kensetsu Co. Ltd. received the contract for the renovations.


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