New Navy Hospital siren testing raises locals’ ire

Local residents are complaining to Ginowan City Military Base Liaison Section of “a piercing siren sound” emitting from the new Navy Hospital now under construction on Camp Foster in Ginowan City.

When the section inquired about the noise through the Okinawa Defense Bureau, they got an explanation stating that “We are testing emergency sirens that are installed in the hospital.”

Local residents say that the sounds started a few days ago, and have continued intermittently for 2 ~ 3 hours at the longest.

The tests start from 8:30 a.m. each day, and according to the explanation, are expected to continue until the beginning of February. The Ginowan City Military Base Liaison Section is demanding through Okinawa Defense Bureau that “We want consideration for local residents.”