U.S. Navy Celebrates the 78th Annual Shimoda Black Ship Festival

170519-N-NT265-379 SHIMODA, Japan (May 19, 2017) – Capt. Jeffrey Kim, commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, participates in a ceremony at Gyokusenji Temple in remembrance of U.S. service members whose remains rest at the temple as part of the Shimoda Black Ship Festival. The Navy’s participation in the festival celebrates the heritage of U.S.-Japanese naval partnership first established by commodore Matthew Perry’s 1853 port visit. For more than 160 years, the United States has established a heritage of naval presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to promote partnership, prosperity, and maritime security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian Senyk/Released)


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