Etajima base (JMSDF Etajima Naval Base) in Etajima city, Hiroshima prefecture is located in the Etajima-cho government building and is the base of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Beside the housing the 1st Technical School and the Officer Candidates School, it is home to the local Kure Naval District, LCAC training facilities, and the Self Defense Force oil storage. In addition, the Special Forces of the Maritime Self Defense Force is located here. The predecessor of the Etajima base was the branch officer training system of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy. The Naval Academy moved to Etajima from Tsukiji, Tokyo in 1888. Prior to World War II, Britannia Royal Naval College and United States Naval Academy were called the “Worldwide 3 large service academies”. Many of the facilities of the Naval Academy are currently used by the 1st Technical School and the Officer Candidate School.
Agency unit arrangement
- The Maritime Self Defense Force 1st Technical School
- The Maritime Self Defense Force Officer Candidate School
- The 31st Fleet Air Wing
- The target plane service area
- The Special guard (Maritime Self Defense Force)
- The Etajima police duty casual detachment
- The Kure structure learning/repairing depot
- The flying Watase oil storage branch
- The Kure ammunition storehouse and maintenance depot
- The 1st Technical School sick bay
The Naval History Museum is a building of reinforced concrete which was constructed in 1936. It holds artifacts of Heihachiro Togo, Horatio Nelson, John Paul Jones and Isoroku Yamamoto, as well as a book of naval officers which holds more than 10,000 names. Inside the site, a midget submarine which was used in the Pearl Harbor attack; as well as artifacts from the Japanese battleship Yamato, and the Japanese battleship Mutsu are on display.
Coordinates: 34°14′41.5″N 132°28′26.1″E / 34.244861°N 132.473917°E