YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Yokosuka Naval Base will open its gates Saturday for 12 hours of ship tours, entertainment and fireworks.

More than 20,000 Japanese guests are expected to stream through Womble Gate from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for Friendship Day, said base spokesman Phil Molter.

Base commanding officer Capt. Greg Cornish said, “It’s simply fantastic to see so many people interested in our base and the people who live and work here.”

One of the biggest draws at the event are ship tours, which will be given at Pier 12 on the newly arrived USS Mustin guided-missile destroyer and the Seventh Fleet command ship, the USS Blue Ridge. Tours runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 6th Annual Car Show is to run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Personnel Support Detachment building parking lot next to McDonald’s.

The area around Kosano Park will host kids’ games and live entertainment. The fireworks display is to start at 7:30 p.m.

Gates will close to inbound guests at 7 p.m., with a final closing for all guests at 9 p.m. All guests will need to show photo identification to get access to the open-base event.

Friendship days allow the U.S. and Japanese people to share cultures and traditions in a festive setting, Cornish said.

“I hope everyone will enjoy themselves and continue strengthening our bonds of friendship and mutual understanding,” he said.

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