Awase Communication Site
Awase (Ah-Wah-See) has the only LF antenna in Japan supporting Commander Submarine Group SEVEN. The AN/FRT-95(A) program will provide four 250 kW solid state LF transmitters. Sites planned to receive the new LF transmitters are: Aguada, PR; Keflavik, Iceland; Awase, Okinawa; and Sigonella, Italy. The LF solid state transmitter upgrades improve area coverage in the Northern Atlantic and Northern Pacific regions. Testing of the first AN/FRT-95 (A) solid state LF transmitter was successfully completed at the Aguada, PR transmitter site. The AN/FRT-95(A) transmitter installation and antenna upgrades at Iceland were completed in FY95 while those at Awase, Okinawa were completed in early FY98.
Awase Communication Site, which is near the tip of the Awase Peninsula in Okinawa city, is used for communication purposes. Awase fishing port is in the vicinity of the site and to its north is Nakagusuku port. In recent years, the area has quickly grown into a residential area. Construction of the Awase Warehouse was inherited from NMCB 7, and the new block warehouse will be used by the Radio Transmission Facility to house equipment. The Awase Seawall and Fence Project upgrade will provide a much needed facelift for the Awase Seawall and the fence that surrounds the area.
Most people think of the Gate 2 shopping area when they think of Okinawa City, but few visit or even know of these many history sites. Located in Awase, out Gate 2 street near at the intersection of Highway 327, is a small park that contains a special history of a rock that once floated and a well where children could be healed. The rock was at once placed in a special shrine, but has since disappeared. The park is considered a sacred place by many. Several trees and a shrine were placed on the site after reversion. The site is called Bijuruu and every year around Sept. 9 there is a festival at this location to pray for a good harvest, a large catch, for rain and for child-rearing or safe sailing.
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