Currently a member of the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Rear Admiral David F. Baucom served for 34 years in the United States Navy. During his service, RADM David Baucom spent three years in Yokosuka, Japan.
Visitors to Yokosuka will enjoy seeing the city’s Mikasa Park, which houses Battleship Mikasa. Ranked with the USS Constitution and the HMS Victory as one of the Great Historical Warships of the World, Battleship Mikasa has remained docked since 1926. Forgotten for years after the demilitarization of Japan and her stripping following World War II, the ship returned to her former glory with the conclusion of its restoration process in 1961.
Today, visitors can go aboard the Battleship Mikasa and view the displays to learn about her role as the flagship of Admiral Heihachiro Togo in the Russo-Japanese War. Groups may receive a guided tour of the vessel from Captain Greg K. Kouta Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Other features of Mikasa Park include an amphitheater that hosts musical events and the Peace Arch. In the spring, numerous cherry blossoms create beautiful scenery along the paths.