The homepage for the Yokosuka Navy Base gives information about the base, provides links to various U.S. Navy programs and has a downloadable version of the latest edition of the Shoreline magazine. The homepage is available for the public and also provides information in Japanese.
According to the homepage, the Yokosuka Navy Base is 43 miles to the south of Tokyo and 18 miles to the south of Yokohama. With 568 acres of land, the base is the largest overseas installation of the U.S. Navy. It is also one of the most strategically important bases of the U.S. military.
The U.S. Marines first occupied the base through peaceful means on August 30, 1945, following the surrender of Vice Admiral Michitaro Totsuka. The army, together with British forces, disposed of military equipment and renovated the old military buildings to serve as schools and churches for the Japanese people. The army redesignated the base in May 1946 and reopened the dry docks in April 1947. With the breakout of the Korean War in 1950, the base became extremely important.
The Yokosuka Navy Base is home to the biggest Navy hospital in mainland Japan, the largest revenue-producing overseas navy exchange complex and the largest welfare and recreation program within the Department of Defense. As of 2015, the base accommodates 24,000 military and civilian personnel.