Navy Family Service Center U.S. Fleet Activities, Sasebo, Japan PSC 476 Box 62 FPO AP 96322-1114
Location........................ : Sasebo is situated at Long. 129o 40' E and Lat. 33o 10'N in the northern part of Nagasaki Prefecture. Located on the northwest corner of the island of Kyushu, approximately one and a half hours north of Nagasaki City, two hours south of Fukuoka City, five hours south of Iwakuni MCAS, 900 miles southwest of Tokyo and 110 miles from Korea.
Major Command................... : U.S. FLEET ACTIVITIES,SASEBO,JAPAN (CFAS) The friendliest base in Japan. CFAS has a base population of approximately 6,000 and covers 1,000 acres of land in nine different locations. Most of the services, facilities, and housing are located at Main Base and Hario Village. The rest of the areas consist of two ordnance facilities (with about forty-thousand tons of Navy and Marine Corps munitions), two fuel facilities (with five and a half million barrels of fuel), and an LCAC facility at Sakibe. See specific directions on how to get to the installation from the airport, bus/train stations, and driving under Category INSTALLATION, Subject Area MUST KNOW ITEMS.
CFAS Mission.................... : To receive,renovate,maintain, store and issue ammunition, explosives, expendable ordnance items, weapons and technical ordnance material; operate and maintain base facilities for the logistic support of homeported units and visiting operating forces of the Pacific Fleet and designated tenant activities.
Mission Statement............... : We are committed to deliver unequalled and continuously improving service and support, with small town hospitality, to the Fleet and the entire Sasebo community. We strive to be the most sought-after Naval activity in the world in which to work, visit and live.
Telephone Access................ : Unless otherwise specified, all phone numbers listed in SITES are DSN and can only be dialed from a DSN line or from on base. To call commercially from the U.S., dial the base operator and ask for extension 252-xxxx. (011 is the code to dial overseas, 81 is the country code for Japan, 956 is the area code for Sasebo)
Main Base Operator........... : 011-81-956-24-6111 Hario Village Operator....... : 011-81-956-58-4760
History......................... : The important bi-lateral relationship between Japan and the United States which exists today is very much in evidence at U.S. Fleet Activities,Sasebo, where ships of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and the United States Seventh Fleet share this excellent port.
Sasebo has been an important naval base ever since 1883, when then Lieutenant Commander Heihachiro Togo nominated the tiny fishing village here to form the nucleus for a mighty base for the Imperial Japanese Navy. In 1904, ships of the Japanese Navy under Admiral Togo sailed from Sasebo to take on the Russian Baltic Fleet. Admiral Togo's victory at the Battle of Tsushima is a classic in naval history.
The Imperial Japanese Navy had some 60,000 people working in the dock yard and associated naval station here at the peak of World War II, outfitting ships, submarines and aircraft. In those days, just as today, Sasebo was a favorite liberty port for navy personnel.
In September of 1945, the U.S. Marine Corps Fifth Division landed at Sasebo, and in June 1946, U.S. Fleet Activities, Sasebo was established.
When war broke out in Korea three years later, Sasebo became the main launching point for United Nations and U.S. Forces. Millions of tons of ammunition, fuel, tanks, trucks and supplies flowed through Sasebo on their way to U.N. Forces in Korea. The number of Americans in Sasebo grew to about 20,000; and some 100 warships and freighters per day swelled the foreign population here still more.
After the Korean war ended, the Japanese Self Defense Forces were formed, and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces ships began to homeport in Sasebo.
U.S. Fleet Activities continued to support ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. Service Force ships as well as minecraft made Sasebo their homeport. U.S. Fleet Activities, Sasebo provided heavy support to the expanded Seventh Fleet during the years of war in Southeast Asia. Repair work done by Japanese shipyards in Sasebo was then, and is still today, equal to the best in the world. In the mid Seventies, U.S. Fleet Activities, Sasebo became Naval Ordnance Facility, Sasebo, and fleet visits dwindled to a very low level.
But on July 4th, 1980 this trend was reversed. U.S. Fleet Activities regained its name, and once again Seventh Fleet ships started to make Sasebo their overseas homeport. Sasebo is currently home to Commander, Amphibious Squadron Eleven and assigned ships: USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3),which will conduct a ship homeport change of command with USS Essex(LHD-2) June 2000, USS Germantown (LSD-42), USS Juneau (LPD-10), USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), USS Guardian (MCM-5), USS Patriot (MCM-7) and USS Safeguard (AFS-50) and some 5,000 Americans as part of the forward deployed naval forces.
U.S. Fleet Activities, Sasebo played a vital logistics role in Operation Desert Sheild/storm during 1990-91, by serving as a supply point for ordance and fuel for ships and Marines operating in the Persian Guld theater.
Today, as throughout its history, U.S. Fleet Activities, Sasebo stands ready to support Seventh Fleet units as they continue to ensure peace and security in the Pacific region.