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White Beach pier expansion thought due to China subs

Date Posted: 2004-06-17

White Beach, the U.S. Navy’s principal base on Okinawa, is undergoing expansion of its main pier in Katsuren.

A Japanese war journalist thinks the expansion is being done to make it easier to track Chinese vessels who are becoming more active in regional waters.

The new pier is to be 40 meters wide, 16 meters wider than the current pier. Construction on the ¥3,510,000,000 project is now under way, with completion targeted for March 2005.

Officials say the new, wider pier will allow large cranes to come into White Beach. Large cargo ships will be able to berth as well.

The increased capacity, some seven times the present abilities, are necessary to support the U.S. Marine Corps overseas sorties from White Beach. White Beach is also used by nuclear powered submarines, which visit occasionally to transfer personnel.

It is also a popular port facility for U.S. ships working as submarine directing finding, low frequency sonar marine ships.

Japanese journalist Motoaki Mamiura is suggesting that “the expansion work is being done because of Chinese submarines recent actions. The submarines have become quite busy around Taiwan Channel, and the Chinese are trying to do something about powering up the Taiwan problem.”

He says the American military should be very much concerned about it, and suggests it may be threatening China.

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