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18 June 2016

la vie des marins / Order of the Day: All Sailors & Marines in this command will immediately cease all consumption of alcoholic beverages until further notice.

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UK newswire
Monday 6 June 2016

U.S. Navy slaps

drinking ban
on 18,600 sailors in Japan

The U.S. Navy slapped a drinking ban on sailors stationed in Japan on Monday and halted off-base liberty after police arrested a U.S. sailor on the southern island of Okinawa on suspicion of drunk driving following a car crash that injured two people.

"For decades we have enjoyed a strong relationship with the people of Japan. It is imperative that each sailor understand how our actions affect that relationship and the U.S. Japan alliance as a whole," Rear Admiral Matthew Carter, commander of U.S. naval forces in Japan said in a press release on Monday.

The United States has 18,600 sailors stationed in Japan.

The latest incident came as the U.S. military observes a 30-day mourning period at bases on Okinawa after an American civilian working for the U.S. military there was arrested on suspicion of dumping the body of a 20-year-old Japanese woman.

Renewed anger among residents in Okinawa at the U.S. military presence threatens a plan to relocate the U.S. Marines' Futenma air base to a less populous part of Okinawa, which was agreed in 1995 after the rape of a Japanese schoolgirl by U.S. military personnel sparked huge anti-base demonstrations.

Okinawa's governor and many residents want the Marines off the island.

All U.S. Navy sailors in Japan will be kept on base and banned from drinking until "all personnel understand the impact of responsible behavior on the U.S.-Japan alliance," the press release said.

"Sailors living off base will be allowed to travel to and from base and conduct only "essential activities."

The restrictions do not apply to family members and civilian U.S. contractors, which brings the total number of people to 35,000, but they are being encouraged to observe the rules "in a spirit of solidarity," a spokesman for the U.S. Navy said.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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1 comment:

Vleeptron Dude said...

the publisher of VleeptronZ and Agence-Vleeptron Presse has up-close-&-personal professional experience with military management of large numbers of U.S. sailors, Marines and soldiers.

Subsequently, in civilian life, Vleeptron Dude drank 3 Belgian Trappist beers and had to crawl three blocks back to the hotel on hands and knees entirely on cobblestones.

In university, a Colombian engineering student gave us tiny itty-bitty glasses of his native beverage, which he called aguardiente. All I remember about getting back to my dorm was that I wasn't walking.

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