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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — If you’ve been meaning to take a lap around Skateland, do it now because Yokosuka Naval Base’s roller-skating rink shuts down at the end of this month.

The NEX Depot, the Seabees detachment and Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Self- Help are also on the move as plans are in the works to demolish the existing buildings behind Fleet Recreation Center and build a new power plant.

The 39-megawatt cogeneration plant will supply conventional power to the USS George Washington — a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier scheduled to arrive in 2008. The new plant will burn natural gas to generate electricity and steam.

Most of the electric power will service the Washington while in port because the ship’s reactors are typically shut down while the ship is moored, according to the U.S. Embassy’s “Fact Sheet on Nuclear Powered Warship Safety”; the rest will go to shore facilities.

The new facility replaces the existing diesel fuel power plant and will consequently save energy, plus reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 67,000 tons, base spokesman Bill Doughty said in an e-mail.

“All of these relocations are required to support construction of the new cogeneration power plant,” Doughty said. “Construction, starting with demolition of old structures, is scheduled to start this summer, and we expect the plant to be fully operational by April 2008.”

That means a move for the tenants in the large buildings behind the Fleet Recreation Center and closed doors for Skateland by June 1.

“We regret that there is not an alternative location to be able to relocate Skateland at this time,” Doughty said. “Land here is prime real estate.”

Interests have changed since the facility was built more than four decades ago, he said, and Morale Welfare and Recreation has since built a theater, driving range, recreation center, paintball arena and fitness center. It also is adding wireless Internet to indoor and outdoor locations on base.

“People aren’t disco skating as much as using their laptops,” Doughty said. “Skateland has not been making money for MWR, but it hasn’t been losing a lot of money, either.”

Skateland averages 15 people a day, he said.

The Navy Exchange Depot will close May 25-29 to move across base to the NEX Warehouse (Building 1234) near the Autoport. It will open May 30 and keep regular hours. Its permanent home will ultimately be in Building 1235 — also near the Autoport — in the fall of 2006.

The Hawk’s Nest will temporarily relocate to Building 3313 and finally to the second floor of Building B-48. Seabees and Self-Help are moving to Building 1310 by the Navy Brig.

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